Experience, talent abound on lady Burgher squad

Merissa Hayes returns for the lady Burghers playing second base/outfield.

Merissa Hayes returns for the lady Burghers playing second base/outfield. Kim Ladd

Burgher schedule

April 22 Hartford

April 24 @H. Luzerne

April 26 Bolton

April 29 Whitehall

May 1 H. Luzerne

May 3 North Warren

May 6 Argyle

May 8 Lake George

May 10 @Corinth

May 13 @Salem

May 15 Fort Edward

— Last season represented a formidable challenge for the Warrensburg High School Softball team, following the graduation of a talented group of seniors. The 2012 team spent a year rebuilding — with only one senior competing on the squad.

Now, with those young players having experienced all those rough-and-tumble games against more experienced mature teams, the Burgers are well prepared for solid accomplishments in 2013.

Also, the team is loaded with solid athletes, many of them competing in three sports.

The team’s goals include reversing their 2012 record of 5-12, win the Adirondack League Western Division, then compete in Sectionals — they didn’t qualify last season.

The Burghers have the roster, loaded with athleticism, to make these goals a reality.

On the mound will be Mika Morehouse, a Junior, who will be pitching for her third year. She not only has deep experience, she’s got good speed, can place the ball well, and is developing an effective change-up, coach Mary ann Bump said. She’s teamed up with classmate Makayla Baker — and they’re a formidable duo, the coach added.

“Mika is willing to take the role as leader on the team, and that will be a big factor,” Bump said.

Seniors on the team include talented athletes that can win games when the going gets rough. Korynn Raymond is at shortstop; Chiara Russo, first base; Braydin Smith, left field; and Amy Toolan, center field. Besides Morehouse and Baker, juniors feature Merissa Hayes, second base/outfield; Kerrigan Roth, third base; Josie Stone, utility; Whitney Markwica, pitcher/outfield; Nazareth Goucher, outfield; and Kate Morehouse, outfield. They are joined by Sophomore Liz Turner, utility; and Freshman Erin Langworthy, outfield and second base.

Key to success this year will be strong batting, Bump said.

“We are a much more confident hitting team with the additions of Turner, Langworthy and Markwica,” she said. “We are anxious to play games and prove ourselves to ourselves,” she said. “Our theme is ‘Armed and Dangerous’ and we hope to be — both offensively and defensively.”

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