RHAM softball team prepares for new season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Tue., Mar. 29, 2011
RHAM softball assistant coach Bill Custance gives the thumbs-up while Stephanie and Katie drag the infield. Photos by Melanie Savage.
RHAM softball assistant coach Bill Custance gives the thumbs-up while Stephanie and Katie drag the infield. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The RHAM High School softball team finished the 2009-2010 season with a 6-14 record, missing out on post-season play. But after losing eight seniors and gaining several new players, including two transfers and a promising freshman, anything is possible for 2011.

“It’s a completely different team,” said senior Abby Fromme. “I think we have a very good chance of making it to the state tournament this year.”

According to head coach Kim Hills, top returning players this year include senior Emily Shok, a pitcher who is “ready to rise to the challenge this season, developing new pitches and increasing speed and accuracy.” Hills calls Shok a great leader with a positive attitude, who is strong under pressure.

Another notable senior is versatile defender Abby Fromme. According to Hills, Fromme “plays infield and outfield, and will most likely take on the role of our first baseman.” Hills calls Fromme a strong leader and a positive role model. Fromme posted a 93 percent fielding average last year.

Coreen Einsiedel, another returning player, is a junior catcher. Hills calls Einsiedel a “great leader by example.” Einsiedel led the team for stolen bases last year, and posted a .365 batting average.

Notable newcomers include RHAM transfer Marissa Navin, “a vocal leader with a positive attitude,” according to Hills. Another transfer, pitcher Loren Madore, will take on a leadership role on the mound. “We have high hopes for Loren offensively and defensively,” said Hills.

Courtney Manarky is a versatile freshman player who “catches and plays infield and outfield,” said Hills. “She is great offensively from the right and left side. We have high hopes for Courtney.”

The team’s first scrimmage, scheduled for March 25, was cancelled, but the girls had a bonding opportunity with a weekend trip to Winding Trails ropes course on March 23. “I think we have to take everything we learned at Winding Trails and put it into play in terms of softball,” said Shok. “I think we all bonded pretty well.”

“I don’t think chemistry will be much of a factor,” agreed Fromme. “But it will take a few scrimmages to get to know how each other plays and get to know each other on the field.”

“I think this is untapped talent,” said senior Melissa St. Pierre. “We haven’t had a chance to see how people play yet.” With the team’s first scrimmage on the horizon, “we’ll see what happens,” said St. Pierre.

The Sachems were scheduled to play in their first scrimmage on March 30 against Haddam-Killingworth. Their first home game is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, at 3:45 p.m. Visit the website www.casciac.org for a full season schedule.


Coach’s Corner-

RHAM High School Softball Coach Kim Hills

Second year as head coach.

Seniors: Abby Fromme (first base), Melissa St. Pierre (third base), Allison Gattinella (outfield), Emily Shok (pitcher).

This is Kim Hills’ second year heading up the RHAM varsity softball team. She is the assistant coach for the girls’ soccer team, which took home the Class L state championship this year. She is joined by four assistant coaches: Bill Custance, Ashley Bergeron, Christine Hartwig and Rich Deneen (JV). “We are a team of veterans,” said Hills. “Our seniors have been playing this game for almost 10 years now, and even our freshman is a seven-year veteran of the game. We are excited to prove people wrong this season and continue to define ourselves as student athletes and a competitive softball program.”


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