EHHS varsity softball starts season on winning streak

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Wed., Apr. 13, 2011
An East Hartford Hornet at bat during the April 12 game against RHAM. Photos by Frances Taylor.
An East Hartford Hornet at bat during the April 12 game against RHAM. Photos by Frances Taylor.

A rainy afternoon on Tuesday, April 12, did not distract the East Hartford High School Hornets varsity softball team from its mission to defeat RHAM in the third game of the season.

After a 10-2 victory at home at McAuliffe Park, the Hornets improved their early-season record 3-0, and coach Joseph Leroy said he was very pleased with the team’s performance. “We played hard, kept the ball in play, and it showed,” he said. The team beat New Britain, 11-8, and Platt, 5-2, in its first two games.

Leroy is in his fourth season with the team, and he also serves as interim athletic director at East Hartford High School.

“Right now, we are drilling all the fundamentals - we have a young team with lots of freshman, we are making progress,” Leroy said. “We made it to the states last year, and we lost in the first round. So our goal for this year will be to make it to the states again, and to be able to host a game, as we did last year.”

Leroy said a new rule change moved the pitcher’s mound from 40 feet from home plate to 43 feet. “I think they did that to create a safer environment for some of the batters,” he said. The coach added that it was also changed to compensate for the faster pitches that were being thrown by some teams compared to others.

“Our motto is ‘PFC’ – being prepared, focused and consistent when we step out on to the field,” Leroy said.

 

 

Coach's Corner-

East Hartford High School Varsity Softball Coach Joseph Leroy.

Fourth season as coach. Currently the interim athletic director for East Hartford High School.

“Our motto is ‘PFC’ – being prepared, focused and consistent when we step out on to the field,” Leroy said.

 

 

Spotlight Players-

Liz Arpin - Junior, Shortstop – “We are 3-0 this year, and when we made it to the states last year, we were 12-4, but we lost in the first round,” Arpin said. “This year, we have a lot of freshmen this year, so we are working on all the basics to get everyone ready for this year. We’re doing pretty good so far.”

 

Meghan Kennedy - Junior, Pitcher – “We’re doing well, we could do better. I think we are working well together as a team. Our offense is good, our defense could be better,” Kennedy said. “For myself, I’m getting use to the fact the mound is further back – it’s moved from 40 to 43 feet, so that takes some getting used to.”


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