Tomahawks softball team hitting stride early in season

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Wed., Apr. 13, 2011
Shortstop Katie Connolly fires over to first for a putout early in the Tomahawks' 5-4 win over Fermi on April 11. Photos by Steve Smith.
Shortstop Katie Connolly fires over to first for a putout early in the Tomahawks' 5-4 win over Fermi on April 11. Photos by Steve Smith.

Coming off a year in which the Glastonbury High School softball team posted a record of 18-4, and dropped a quarterfinal tournament match by just one run, coach Georgeanne Decenso said her team is ready for the new season.

After beating Fermi (Enfield), 5-4 on April 11 to improve to 1-1 early in the season, Decenso said her team is just at the point of starting to really gel.

“They’re working hard in practice, which is what we need,” she said. “We’ve worked hard on the fundamentals, which we saw today.”

The offense seemed to get on track - something that was a concern in the opening day 2-0 loss to Northwest Catholic.

“Today we got some timely hits, while in the first game, we didn’t get them,” Decenso said. “We’re hitting the ball hard, but the hitting needs to be a little more timely.”

The team only lost five seniors to graduation last year, including three starters, so nine players return, including seven starters.

“It’s just a matter of putting the pieces back together,” Decenso said. “It’s a slow start, but some of that is the weather. We didn’t get outside until late. So, things are just starting to gel.”

Among this year’s leaders are captains Haylie Welcer, a junior, and Hayley Hoge, a senior.

“Welcer is our cleanup hitter,” Decenso said. “She plays outfield, but also infield. Last year, she had a very strong campaign. She hit in the high .400s and drove in a lot of runs for us. We’re looking for her to deliver the same.”

Hoge has pitched for the varsity squad for two and a half years, and is the clear ace this season.

“She is the go-to person there on the mound,” Decenso said. “She’s in control. She’s not usually wild. You know pretty much what you’re going to get from her each time.”

Decenso said Hoge contributes on offense, as well, including a double that drove in two versus Fermi.

“She’s had her share of few timely hits in her career,” Decenso said.

The coach added that the young season is still something of a work in progress, and the players’ communication skills need to be worked on, but it’s coming together.

“Some players need a little more confidence,” she said. “We just need to work on a little more communication. They’re a little too quiet.”

If there’s one key to the season, Decenso said, “it’s the ability to hit when there are runners on base. If we don’t do that, it’s going to be difficult to score runs.”

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