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Eagles are young, but working hard with optimism for new coach

Eagle schedule

April 22 Whitehall

April 24 Corinth

April 26 @Warrensburg

April 27 Loudonville-Christian

April 29 @Fort Ann

May 1 @Corinth

May 3 Hadley/Luzerne

May 6 Fort Edward

May 8 North Warren

May 10 @Lake George

May 11 @Warrensburg

May 13 Tournament @Argyle

— The Bolton Eagles Varsity softball team may have a lot of young players, but their youth is offset by a dedication to the sport and a will to win, new Varsity Coach Kristen DePace said this week. DePace was a three-sport athlete who graduated from Bolton Central in 2001.

That’s not the full story about this squad, however. DePace’s guarded optimism about the team’s 2013 season may be a matter of modesty — her team is loaded with area all-star athletes, awarded for substantial accomplishments in soccer and other sports.

This talented lineup will offset the loss to graduation of stellar pitcher Tori Persons and her athletic teammates Rosie Denne and Marie DeLorenzo.

The Eagles secret weapon this year may be senior Maddy Wilson, who’s been sidelined from softball for a few years due to injuries. She’s the lead pitcher, backed up on the mound by sophomore Olivia Seamans.

DePace described Seamans as versatile and having a strong bat.

“Olivia can be placed anywhere she is needed on the field,” the coach said. “And Maddy is looking strong so far.”

Anchoring the team will be sophomore Sarah Calzada, serving her third year as varsity catcher. DePace said Sarah is a smart player, who’s quick to the ball, making a lot of key plays.

“Sarah is dangerous behind the plate,” DePace said, noting that Sarah was drafted for varsity years ago as an eighth grader.

Kim Wright, a junior, is a versatile player with a strong, accurate throw. A good hitter, she’s slated to be lead-off batter and covering second base. She demonstrated her role as an offensive threat in the April 10 game versus North Warren, in which she went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs.

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