Plainfield softball readies for spring
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Plainfield - posted Tue., Apr. 5, 2011
The Plainfield Panthers are making a move this season. They’re going from the ECC Medium back to ECC Small division, complements of Putnam High School.
“Putnam left so that opened up a spot,” said head coach Jim Langlois. “The league would have been out of balance, so we dropped to small.”
The Panthers have eight seniors returning to the squad this spring. “This senior bunch has taken the reins from the first day,” said Langlois. “We had a meeting a week ago they had those looks – there’s no goofing around. They’ve got something that they want to play for.”
Among those seniors is pitcher Shannon Gowin, who has pitched for them for two years. Gowin recently came off knee surgery. Langlois plans to ease her back into the pitching rotation, but he is pleased with her progress. While the team fields three other pitchers, Langlois expects Gowin to pitch most of the games when she is fully recuperated.
Senior Taylor Smith, who received All Area Short Stop honors last year, is another strength that Langlois is counting on to help his team reach the finals this season. She can pitch when needed. He is counting on her and the rest of the seniors to lead the team this year.
“We want to contend for the small division championship,” he said. “We think we’re talented enough to do that. The players come in every day at practice ready to go.”
The season hasn’t started, but Langlois is looking forward to a productive one. His Panthers met up with Tolland on March 29 for their first scrimmage. “I didn’t know how they would do, but I was generally pleased with the way they swung the bats,” he said. They got four or five hits in only a few innings, he said.
Langlois expects his toughest competitors in the small division to be Lyman and St. Bernards, but he is not ruling anyone out.
The Panthers start their season on April 6 when they travel to Griswold. They’ll face a team coached by one of their own: Bob Arremony, the Plainfield boys basketball coach. “It’s weird being on the opposite side,” said Langlois. “I played for Bobby. I know he’s from Griswold. His brother is from Griswold. His nieces play there, but it’s weird to look at Bobby in that green thing,” he said.
Head Coach Jim Langlois
Thoughts on season:
“Our pitching is excellent. Defensively we’re going to get better. If our offense does what I hope it will do, we’ll be okay. We want to contend for the small division championship. I think having senior leadership is a big step in the right direction.”
Conar Pia, Dayna Horan, Shannon Gowin, Nicole Silveira, Taylor Smith, Lindsey Lehtohen, Rachel Rose, Devan Beaulac
Shannon Gowin, Senior, Pitcher, Number: 6
“A healthy Shannon returning is a major strength for the team. She’s one of the best pitchers in the ECC,” he said. He plans to ease her back into the pitching rotation according to how her knee is healing.