Wildcats optimistic about campaign

SCHROON LAKE - Boasting an experienced, deep line-up this spring, the Schroon Lake softball team has high hopes for 2009.

"We are really excited to see what this year brings," said Coach Steve Bowen, who returns to the bench after two years away. "We have five young ladies that I believe can pitch with anyone in our conference. The last two years, previous Coach Dana Shaughnessy really established a great core of players that we are privileged to work with this year. We graduated some players that will be missed, but it has allowed this group of seniors to step up and lead. Our goal this year is go to sectionals and see where the seniors take us."

The Wildcats have 10 seniors on the club, including nine with varsity experience.

"We have great depth in pitching with seniors Ashley Whitty and Lindsey Morissey as projected starters," Bowen said. "Both throw the ball hard and accurate, and can be relied on for solid fielding. Joining them is junior Korrine Talham who has shown great control in practice. Rounding out the pitchers are first year varsity players, Rebecca Armstrong and Ashley Subra. Both pitched for Schroon Lake modified softball and are continuing to improve."

Nicole Beers returns to play first base and is backed up by Lindsey Morissey and Brandi Planty. Ashtin Gero starts at second base. Ashley Whitty and Talham will be alternating at shortstop with Armstrong, Bessey and Jocelyn Bowen also available. Third base will be covered by Kierstin Langabeer and Planty.

Starting catcher is Mindy Whitty. She is backed up by sophomore Bessey.

"Armstrong, Bowen and Subra are starting in the outfield and are showing good range and may be used in both infield and outfield spots," Bowen said. "Seniors Renee Bean, Dorothy Botterbush, Lynn DeCesare, junior Lynn Veverka and sophomore Colbie Jarrell will also be used in the outfield."

Assisting Bowen with the coaching is Jessica Bowen, a former Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference all star.

"I am really excited about the potential these ladies have," Steve Bowen said. "More than that though, is the great group of young people they are. Having worked with them in soccer and now in softball, it really reminds me why coaching is so rewarding."

Wildcat schedule

April 22........Chazy

April 24........at Westport

April 27........at ELCS

April 29........Willsboro

May 1...........Crown Point

May 5...........at Chazy

May 6...........ELCS

May 8...........Bolton

May 11..........at Willsboro

May 15..........at Keene

May 22.........MVAC championship game

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