MINERVA-Head coach Bruce McGinn has his focus set on league rivals Indian Lake/Long Lake this year. After a 3-7 season last year and losing starting short stop Larissa Roy to graduation, he still returns a talented team.
"This is a very athletic bunch," he said. "Our freshman have the potential to be impact players under our experienced starters."
Despite season players, McGinn admits his weakness this season will be inexperience at specific positions. Some players are still finding their niche and settled into their jobs, he said.
Of the strong players, McGinn will look to junior third year pitcher Laura Tokarz to lead from the mound. Sophomore Shelby Hogan will back her up with better than average strike-out capabilites, according to McGinn.
"She is certainly qualified," he said of Hogan.
Freshman Dakota Bennett will step in to feel the gap left by Roy at short stop and McGinn feels that she has lived up to the position from the beginning.
Agathe Debeauvais will play in the outfield and Anh Pham will join her and Tokarz as the young team only fields three seniors.
Renna Yandon will start at first base as a junior. She is joined by all-around player Caelan Gould, catcher Tara Galusha, infielder Amanda Bellotti and second baseman Marlena Peter, who will also be a strong offensive presence for the Lady Mountaineers.
Sophomore Ashley Miller brings speed and athleticism to multiple positions as freshman Gabrielle McNally rounds out the roster.
"We don't have a lot of weak spots," said McGinn. "If we practice hard and live up to our potential, we can compete with Indian Lake/Long Lake."