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Several area softball teams are heading into the 2012 season looking to replace starting pitchers who graduated like Liberty’s Jasmine Howard, pictured here in action last season.

Softball teams go into windup

By Rob Potter

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2011 record: 2-10
Class/ OCIAA Division: C/V
Coach: Carlye Hyde
Key players graduated: Jessica Wiener
Players to watch: Hyde is counting on all her players “to do their job on the field.” She noted that two pitchers, senior Celia Garcia and sophomore Kirsten Jacobsen, will “work their hardest each game to throw strikes.”
Notable games: “We are playing Ellenville at 7:30 p.m. on May 5 under the lights,” Hyde said. “It’s always a good game to catch.”
Goals/outlook: “I am hoping to improve our record this season and play competitively each game,” Hyde said. “I have a group of girls who know the game and will work hard each practice and game. Their hard work and positive attitude should help us to achieve our goals this season.”

2011 record: 2-13
Class/OCIAA Division: B/IV
Coach: Matt Stoddard
Key players graduated: Meghan Burke, Jasmine Howard, Paulina Kleinberger, Paige LaPolt and Taylor Stoddard
Players to watch: Senior Justice Muniz-Dingevan; juniors Ashley Wallgren, Olivia Baum and Rachel Bayer; sophomore Genesis Suarez.
Notable games: “All of our [OCIAA] Division [IV] games, which include two each against Sullivan West, [John S.] Burke and [James I.] O’Neill,” Stoddard said.
Goals/outlook: “Our goal is to make sectionals and see what we can do from there,” Stoddard commented. “The outlook is good for the season, but overall we are a young team. There is nice young talent coming up. We are relying on a lot of juniors this season so time will tell if the talent can take over for inexperience.”

2011 record: 6-10
Class/OCIAA Division: A/III
Coach: Shannon Dietrich
Key players graduated: Caitlin Bonnaci, Taylor Reardon, Jamie Vandermeulen, Shannon Reese, Aisha Brodie, Taylor Welch, Samantha McCreery
Players to watch: Senior captains Samantha Cohn (pitcher), Emily Morey (2B) and Paulina Pavese (1B); senior Lacey Gray (shortstop)
Notable games: “All [OCIAA] Division [III] games against Port Jervis, Cornwall and Goshen) and playing in the Benny Chesnick Memorial Softball Tournament against other Sullivan County teams,” Dietrich said. “We were last year’s champions at the Liberty site.”
Goals/outlook: “Putting forth our best competitive effort, having a .500 record, working hard every time we step foot on the field, having fun and repeating as the Benny Chesnick Memorial Softball Tournament champions,” Dietrich said.
“As far as the season outlook goes, despite losing seven seniors from the 2011 team, we are excited and looking forward to the upcoming season,” Dietrich noted. “This year’s team is full of fresh faces that are eager to play at the varsity level and build upon last year. I’m very optimistic even though Monticello is in such a tough, competitive division.

Livingston Manor
2011 record: 18-1
Class/OCIAA Division: D/VI
Co-coaches: Kevin Clifford and Charlie Hicks
Key players graduated: State Player of the Year Marissa Diescher, Victoria Taggart, Christine Babich, Angela Zayas and Paige Clancy
Players to watch: Returning starters Samantha Scott (pitcher), Maggi Calo (catcher/shortstop, Victoria Davis (3B/1B/C) and Jordan Miller (1B).
Goals/Outlook: “Win the division, go to sectionals and go as far into postseason play as we can,” Clifford stated.

Sullivan West
2011 record: 10-8
Class/OCIAA Division: B/IV
Coach: Mike Ellmauer
Key players graduated: Amber Cookingham, Katerina Gaebel, Amanda Goddard, Gabrielle Humleker and Jackie Parsons.
Players to watch: Returning players Hannah Schwatz, Katie Taylor, Victoria Haas, Emma Seidl, Brittney Milk and Kendall Menges. New players include Bethanii Padu, Marianne Durkin, Cassidy Sauer, Katie Slater, Tina Schwatz, Carly Grishaber and Kelsey Brockner.
Goals/outlook: “As a result of losing those seven seniors last year we are young and a bit inexperienced, but should be in the thick of things in our division and beyond,” Ellmauer said. “With the three coaches – Anthony Durkin, who came over from baseball and is reuniting with us after several years, Joe Ebeling and myself – working together and the terrific attitude of the kids, it should make for a very enjoyable season.”

2011 record: 6-10
Class/OCIAA Division: C/V
Coach: Mary Feusner
Key players lost/graduated: Third baseman Sarah Thilberg to graduation, Mareena DiMilia to track & field.,
Players to watch: Seniors Erin Smith (1B), Rachel Adriaans (CF); juniors Nicole Bradley (OF), Courtney Kelly (pitcher), Amanda TerBush (2B) and Kayla Yager (shortstop). Jessica Kinney will play third base and progressing as a pitcher. Sophomores Ashley Exner (catcher) and Emily DiToro (RF/pitcher)
Feusner noted that she has five players “that can pitch for us at any given time. That is a luxury that few coaches are afforded!”
Goals/outlook: “We have been extremely happy with the fact that we could be on a field from day one of practice,” Feusner said. “This is only the second time in recent memory that that was possible in Grahamsville! Unfortunately, the spring break will take players away from training time before we jump right into the OCIAA schedule after our tourney.
“Our aim is to make vast improvement in our record,” Feusner added. “Our division in the OCIAA is a tough one. I expect Chester to be as strong as ever.”

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