Young Softball Team Has High Hopes For The Season

Sophomore and returning varsity player Maddy Cormier readies herself to field a ball hit her way during the team’s first home game.  PHOTO / CAROLINE SQUATRITO

Sophomore and returning varsity player Maddy Cormier readies herself to field a ball hit her way during the team’s first home game. PHOTO / CAROLINE SQUATRITO

  Seaholm girls’ softball have set high goals for their season after losing the league title to Farmington Harrison in a double header last year.

   The Maples were undefeated in the third division before the league title games.

   “We lost our drive to win and handed them the game,” senior and varsity co-captain Jordan Lenington said.

   Their first game was scheduled for April 10th against Ferndale, but was cancelled due to weather conditions. There first game and home opener is April 15th against Marian.

   This is Lenington’s third year as captain and and fourth year as a starter. Last season she led the team with a .510 batting average, which included five triples and three home runs. She had 29 RBI and only struck out twice the entire season, while battling several injuries.

   “She is a tremendous talent,” Seaholm varsity head coach Bill Schuerman said. “She has strong leadership skills and has been First Team District and all OAA both of the last two years.”

   Half of the returning varsity players, JV players, and two freshmen make up the varsity team.

   “We have a young team with only two seniors and five returning starters and currently facing some injuries to key players,” Schuerman said.

   “We were a tight knit group last year,” Lenington said. “We’re all working to get a strong bond between the entire team so we can be successful.”

   Although the team lost their number one pitcher, Carolynn Gragg, and two of their starting outfielders, Emma Coury, and Alex Arnold, the girls are stepping up and filling in the positions well.

   “There’s so many different ages, skills, and mind sets,” junior first baseman Riley Miller said. “It will definitely be something to work on and eventually get everyone working together.”

   Miller is a third year starter who led the team with 47 runs scored and 21 bases on balls, as well as 34 RBI. She batted a .385 with an on base percentage of .485.

   With their entire infield returning, as well as their most powerful hitters, they have a strong lineup full of power and contact hitters, which puts great strength in both their offense and their defense.

   “We return a good, experienced infield and catcher,” Schuerman said. “They are all strong defensively and good hitters.”

   After their loss last year, the team has high expectations for their season.

   The Maples are focusing on the beginning of their season to gain both pitching and outfield experience.

   “We should be strong contenders in the second half of the year, looking to win our league and regain the District title,” Schuerman said.

   “Our team’s goals are simple,” Lenington said. “Beat groves, win leagues, and win districts, then take it from there.”

   “We’re hoping to win our league as well as the district,” Miller said. “They’re very realistic goals at this point.”

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