Fermi Falcons' softball team rebuilding... successfully

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., May. 12, 2011
Melissa Urban scores Fermi's lone run in the loss to Tolland on May 11. Photos by Steve Smith.
Melissa Urban scores Fermi's lone run in the loss to Tolland on May 11. Photos by Steve Smith.

Admittedly in a rebuilding year, the Fermi Falcons’ varsity softball team is making the improvements coach Sean Sweeney had hoped it would.

“We’re getting much better,” Sweeney said. “The older kids are still giving 100 percent, and we’re going to be better the second half of the season.”

With a squad of four seniors, one junior, five sophomores, and two freshmen, Sweeney said the skill set is represented by all four grades.

“They are all really good kids, with a lot of ability and a lot of potential,” Sweeney said. “They do respond well. Every day, we’re doing more and more.”

Sweeney said the main focus he’s been teaching his team lately has been knowing the situation.

“It’s being aware of your surroundings,” he said. “[For infielders,] a lot of it is self-defense. Some [opponents] are hitting rockets out there.”

Sweeney said the CCC has been very competitive this year, and his team has dealt with a few injuries, including an injury to star freshman shortstop Sam DelConte.

“She’s got a cannon of an arm,” Sweeney said. “She’s probably got the best arm on the team. She fits right in with the older kids. She makes a huge difference.”

Junior catcher Melissa Urban has also been anchoring the team from behind the plate.

“Melissa is probably the quietest person you’d ever meet in your life,” said Sweeney. “She’s probably the best all-around player on the team - both batting and defense.”

Sweeney said the hope for the Falcons is simply to be better at the end of the season than they were at the beginning, and to play at least .500 ball the rest of the way.

“I think we’re getting there right now,” he said. “We play a few tough teams again, but our goal is to be better than 5-5 the second half of the season. We were 1-9 the first half, and we’re 1-1 so far in the second. So, we have a chance.”

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