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Softball Preview

Jack Hennessy
Web Sports Editor

 All of the FCIAC, and state for that matter, should look out for a reloaded Staples girls softball team.

With the majority of their starting lineup from last year, the girls are setting their sights high. Experience, motivation, and the will to succeed will prove to be the defining characteristics of this championship seeking squad.

Co-captains Jenn Frusciante ‘10 and Jenny Johnston ‘10 will provide the senior leadership necessary to achieve success over the long and grueling spring season. Never before has the anticipation for the upcoming schedule been this high. The only major losses to the roster are Lauren Renzulli at first base, Biz Wiggins in the outfield, Caroline Ross who caught, and Michelle Smoler at third base, all of whom were lost to graduation.

This will only be a minor obstacle for an otherwise bright outlook, as competition for the open spots is intense. Staples will look to improve on its 13-5 record from last season with players like returning number one pitcher Jenny Johnston who’s a “solid All FCIAC number one,” according to first year coach Mark Giordano.

“There are many underclassmen looking to step into the remaining positions, causing everyone to work that much harder, and that extra drive for starting spots is really good for the team,” said Johnston ‘10, “we lost some key positions, but these spots will be filled by some great players who have been working really hard.”

Johnston is optimistic for her squad this season despite the losses. She thinks “with the combination of our solid defense and potent offense, we can be a force in the FCIAC this season.”

The Staples girls softball team has had storied success with its pitching and defense. They were able to keep opposing teams off balance with effective arms. Johnston and Sam Saccomano, both pitchers, will look to continue this trend for the Wreckers.

“If pitching and defense can continue to hold off the opposing teams then all we will need is a little more run support than we had last season,” said Johnston.

To do this, Johnston says they will utilize each player on the team, “we’ve got some fast girls and some power house hitters, in addition to some switch hitters and slap bunters which will keep the other teams guessing.”

Staples will no doubt rule the diamond this spring, with Johnston and Frusciante leading the way.

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