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Softball team anchored by seasoned pitcher, veterans

BOLTONLANDING - Six veteran players who tasted success in 2010 are returning to give the Bolton Eagles a substantial boost as they join the Adirondack League.

The experienced, poised pitcher Tori Persons is back, bringing with her years of skill and experience, although she's merely a junior. Having enhanced her speed, and accuracy - and learning various techniques at pitching clinics - she's ready for action this year.

Persons' 2010 counterpart, Catcher Taylor Cronquist, who was savvy on defense and productive on offense, graduated last June. She'll be replaced by eighth-grader Sarah Calzada, who is a promising athlete.

Coach Melanie Persons said the players are excited about the new season: "We had some rebuilding that we needed to do, filling some definite gaps left by graduating players," she said.

She said the team will be relying on returning veterans, particularly Charlotte Caldwell, who will be moving from third base to shortstop.

Veteran Sonja Hess will also be providing leadership at center field, Coach Persons said, noting that she's moved players around for 2011 to strengthen the Eagles' infield and backup veterans Rosie Denne and Charlotte Caldwell. Moving to the infield is returning senior Emma Cady at second base, and returning junior Marie DeLorenzo is at third.

All the players are welcoming rookie catcher Calzada to the team, the coach said.

Coach Persons noted that her daughter, pitcher Tori Persons, is always improving her game, and during off-season, she concentrated on reading the batter and pitch location more closely.

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