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Wildcats look to enjoy the 2013 season

Schroon Lake linksters very young

Kiana Fiore returns to pitch for the Schroon Lake softball team this spring. The Wildcats look to improve on last season’s 4-11 record.

Kiana Fiore returns to pitch for the Schroon Lake softball team this spring. The Wildcats look to improve on last season’s 4-11 record. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

Wildcat schedule

April 15....at Willsboro

April 17....Chazy

April 19....Keene

April 22....at ELCS

April 24....at Crown Point

April 29....Westport

May 1........Minerva-Newcomb

May 3........at Johnsburg

May 6........Willsboro

May 8........at Chazy

May 10......Wells

May 13......ELCS

May 15......Crown Point

May 17......at Indian/Long Lake

May 20......at Westport

— Could this be a break out season for the Schroon Lake Central School softball team?

Under the eye of Coach Jeff Cutting, the Wildcats have been patiently building their program. Two years ago the ‘Cats won their first sectional playoff game in 20 years. Last season they posted a 4-11 record, but led or were tied later during seven of those loses.

Seven starters that team return in 2013.

“Here in Schroon Lake we are very excited about our potential this softball season,” Cutting said. “We have worked hard to make our program competitive the past several years.

“Our numbers are up from previous years, from 10-11 to 14 players,” the coach said. “This gives us a lot more flexibility and we have many players who can play more than one position at a high level.”

Schroon returns three hurlers this spring. Miranda DeZalia, Kiana Fiore and Molly Wisser will take the mound again in 2013. They will be key to Schroon Lake’s season.

“As always, it will come down to pitching,” Cutting said. “It’s about throwing strikes and not giving teams extra outs.”

Playing the infield will be DeZore Cleveland, Brooke Wheeler, Dakota Gadway, Joelle Kowalka, Fiore and Wisser.

The outfield will feature Desiree Lanoue, Brianna DeZaila, Chloe McKenna, Destinee McCoy, Tyler Swartout and Miranda DeZalia.

Miranda DeZalia led the Wildcats with a .375 batting average a year ago.

Abigail Wisser and Amanda James will catch.

“I know I can count on my seniors and juniors and so far the sophomores have looked outstanding in practice,” Cutting said. “They have experienced a great deal of success at the modified level with Coach (Lee) Silvernail.

“I look forward to getting these kids into game action,” he concluded.

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