Redgals win Senior Day match-up against Putnam

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Wed., May. 25, 2011
Redgal Alexa Weber slides into home ahead of Putnam's Stephanie Baumuller's tag. Photos by D. Coffey.
Redgal Alexa Weber slides into home ahead of Putnam's Stephanie Baumuller's tag. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Killingly High School Redgals won their Senior Day softball game against Putnam on May 21, 11-4. Seniors on both the Putnam and Killingly teams were presented with flowers prior to the game. Then each Redgal senior was recognized by teammates, family and fans for their contributions through the years.

It was a perfect outing for seniors Heather Gosselin (who won on the mound), Chantelle Lalumiere (who scored a run), Heather Schroth (who had three RBIs) and Laura Tetford (who scored a run). It was a bright spot in a season with its share of losses.

Killingly will not play in the state tournament, but coach Jodi Petrozak is excited by what she sees in the makeup of her young team. Out of nine starters, five are freshmen, two are sophomores, one is a junior and one is a senior. They are a composed, competitive group that has embraced the challenge of varsity play, she said.

“They're a great group of kids,” Petrozak said. “I’m impressed with what I’ve seen so far. I’m a firm believer in you can’t always measure the success of a team by the number of wins and losses. Sometimes the success of a team is the character, sportsmanship and the collaboration that you see,” she said. “When you can see a team grow, whether it's a decrease in errors, an increase in batting averages, an increase in on-base percentages, the win/loss column, that’s obviously the numerical growth you see in the team. But there’s a lot of unmeasured growth that you can’t necessarily measure with hard numbers.”

When the Redgals played Griswold, they jumped out to a 2-0 start. “It was exciting,” Petrozak said. “Griswold is a dynamite little team.”

Even in their loss to powerhouse Waterford, which had a 48-0 record coming into their game, the Redgals held their own for the first four innings.

“They're a team of the future,” Petrozak said. “They're just a great group of young ladies.”


Killingly High School Head Softball Coach Jodi Petrozak

Seasons with the team: 4

Thoughts on the season: “We're a team of the future. We have lots of room to grow,” said Petrozak. Obviously it's a big transition from the middle school program, where most kids were playing last year, to the varsity program. They gave great performances this year.”

Seniors: Heather Gosselin, Chantelle Lalumiere, Heather Schroth and Laura Tetford.


Spotlight Player:

Heather Gosselin - #21, Senior, Short Stop, Pitcher, Second/Third Base: Gosselin is truly a utility player who has played short stop, first and second base and pitched. Last year she had a 5-2 record and over .400 batting average. She's played varsity for four years. She is a leader on and off the field. This year she made the First Team All-ECC Small Division.

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