After finishing last season with a win against West Windsor Plainsboro High School South for the first time in the softball program’s history and qualifying for the state tournament, Head Coach Marissa Soprano is eager to replicate these achievements and start off the softball season strong.
“We’d obviously like to beat West Windsor Plainsboro South again [as] they are pretty comparable to our level, and that was a big win for us,” Soprano said. “Moving forward with the record…we want to acquire as many wins as we can early in the season to procure a spot in the state tournament.”
Another important part of the softball season is the Teaneck tournament at the beginning of the season. This tournament allows for initial placement in the state rankings by competing against North Jersey teams.
“For the past few years we have won the tournament and done very well, which has helped us in our state and county placing,” Co-Captain and pitcher Kayla Volante ’17 said.
In order to achieve these goals, Soprano is turning to the returning senior players in order to reach their goal. Other than Volante, key players include other co-captains Christina Cuomo ’17, a catcher, and Nancy Gray ’17, who plays shortstop. Additional seniors include Celia Gleason ’17, an outfielder, and Megan Shanahan ’17, a second baseman.
“The whole senior class is really strong … so [they] are returning players who will provide strong leadership for the team going forward,” Soprano said.
The senior class looks to use its leadership to bring out the best in the several underclassmen who will play this season
“Our goals are just to do what we can with what we have, since we lost a lot of seniors last year. We’re a young team … we’re just going to try and bring everyone together … and try to bring the younger girls together as a team and win,” Volante said.