Wildcats softball looks for fifth conference title
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Fri., May. 13, 2011
In her 11th season as Suffield High School’s head softball coach, Johanne Presser has a deep connection to the game. A founding member of the Suffield town softball program, her commitment to both the sport and the Lady Wildcats shines through.
“We have a bond,” Presser said regarding her team. “The girls support one another on and off the field. Several of them have played together for multiple seasons, and remain focused on improving each year.”
Presser credited Assistant Coach Andy Lombard with the team’s enviable morale. “Andy knows more about softball than anyone I know,” the coach said. “He’s continually working with the girls, patiently showing them ways to improve hitting and fielding – and keeping their spirits up on the bench. He’s an incredible asset for me, and we’re fortunate to have him.”
“Our goal this year is a fifth conference win,” Presser said. With a current record of 11-2, the Lady Wildcats will rely heavily on senior leadership approaching the playoffs. “We have some very strong hitters. Our seniors - Kelly Kenney, Alyssa Wagner, Stephanie Fahey and Kayla Hale - have all been playing exceptionally well. We’ve also seen some big hits from Kacey Gifford and Anna Bocher.”
With the exception of a few sore arms, the team has been fortunate to reach the mid-season mark without injury. Presser commented on the pivotal role her defensive players have had thus far. “Our defense is solid. I think a lot of that strength comes from the players having been together for three years, and their ability to anticipate each other’s reactions,” she said.
Preparing for post season play, Presser commented on the team objectives. “There is always room for improvement,” she said, “but the girls are showing they have the ability to play smart, solid ball. I’m confident in them, and looking forward to another great season.”
A complete schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.
Suffield High School Softball Head Coach Johanne Presser
Number of seasons with this team: 11
Assistant Coach: Andy Lombard
Seniors: Kelly Kenney, Alyssa Wagner, Stephanie Fahey and Kayla Hale.
Team Goal: “A fifth conference win!” Presser said.
Upcoming schedule at www.casciac.org
Alyssa Wagner – Senior: Starting second baseman, Wagner throws right and bats left. “I think my favorite part of the game is running the bases,” she said. Wagner is a hurdler for the track team and plans on attending Bentley in the fall to study mathematics. She is a proud Red Sox fan.
Kelly Kenney – Senior: The team’s centerfielder, Kenney bats and throws right-handed. “I love the individual aspects of softball. Each person contributes to the team as a whole,” she said. Kenney will attend Westfield State to study psychology. Her MLB team of choice is the New York Yankees.