Windham Tech softball looks ahead to state tourney
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Windham - posted Wed., May. 25, 2011
The Windham Tech softball team ended the 2010 season with a 15-3 record. Entering the state tournament as a number three seed, they earned a bye for round one and faced number 14 seed Canton for round two. They were knocked out by a final score of 11 to 1.
“We play in a magnet and tech school conference that doesn’t have the same draw as public schools,” said head coach Charlie Rayner. “We don’t see the fast pitching, the tough competition that some of the other teams see.”
For 2011, Windham Tech is trying to get a few extra games in to help build up experience. The match against Windham High School on May 21 was one of those extra games. Other non-league games included two against Tourtellotte on May 23, a game against East Windsor and a game against Platt Tech. “Everything else was league-scheduled,” said Rayner. “It’s an effort to get the girls ready for states, a chance to face faster pitchers and some tougher competition.” The Windham game was also an opportunity for friendly rivalry, as the two teams share a number of connections. Windham co-coach Steve Gonzales is the father of Windham Tech’s second baseman, Desiree. And Tech outfielder Anna Oshima has a sister on the Whippets.
As of May 24, Windham Tech had a record of 9-9, good enough to qualify for the tournament again. Tech lost three very good seniors last year, including catcher Corin Landry. “She was probably our best player in program history,” said Rayner. Landry was a tough loss for pitcher Lianne Gosselin, as well. “We had a really good connection,” said Gosselin. “It was sad to lose her.” But freshman catcher Jenny Dube has done her best to take over Landry’s spot. “We have a good relationship, too,” said Gosselin. “She listens to me, and we go from there.”
This is Charlie Rayner’s 10th year coaching the Windham Tech softball team. “He spoils us,” said senior pitcher Lianne Gosselin. “He treats us to ice cream and doughnuts when we have a bad game.”
“He definitely loves us,” added senior Desiree Gonzales.
The seniors on this year’s Windham Tech softball team are Lianne Gosselin, Anna Oshima and Desiree Gonzales.
Gosselin has been pitching for the varsity team since her freshman year. During the 2011 season, “We've really grown as a team,” she said. Gosselin plays volleyball and participates in indoor track as well. She plans to attend college in the fall, but would like to return to Tech to help out with the softball program. “I’d love to come back and help out with the Tech pitchers,” she said.
Oshima is an outfielder who has “changed positions a lot” over the years. She is currently playing left field for Tech. Oshima also plays volleyball. She hasn’t yet decided whether to take a year off in the fall or enroll in Manchester Community College. She’d like to continue in sports, and volleyball would be her preference.
Gonzales plays second base for Tech, and has been involved with the team since her freshman year. She also plays volleyball and basketball. Gonzales will most likely attend a community college in the fall, and then transfer, possibly to Becker College in Massachusetts. She would love to continue playing softball.