Softball spirit runs high in Windsor Locks

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Thu., May. 26, 2011
WLHS's Vicky Hellberg beats the throw to first in game against Suffield. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
WLHS's Vicky Hellberg beats the throw to first in game against Suffield. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Wearing tie-dyed socks and big smiles, the Lady Raiders of Windsor Locks High School took the softball field with heart this season, never losing sight of what really matters: teamwork.

First year coach Eric Refsnider and senior captains’ Illy Conceptcion and Noor Zaben led the team through a difficult 1-15 season. “We have definitely had our share of obstacles,” Refsnider said. “But I have seen some tremendous growth.”

Injury plagued the team. “In the Granby game, our player at short, Danielle Bolin, was hit by a Granby runner on second – she ended up with a fractured collarbone,” the coach said. “Carley Moticka is just coming off a concussion. She’s a great player, always where she needs to be, and doing what she does for the good of the team.”

“I think I was most proud of the girls in our game against Westbrook,” Refsnider said. “We came back to win 7-6. Our starting pitcher was Casey Moticka and one of our freshmen, Sarah Hawes, came in in the third and finished the game. They both had great performances that day.”

On the offense, Refsnider listed Shannon Lynch as the team’s lead hitter. “Shannon’s had some great at bats this year, and on the defensive side, she’s a great left fielder.” Defensively, he credited first baseman Melissa Pomeroy with an admirable season. “Melissa has grown incredibly and become one of our better defensive players,” the coach said.

Pitching has been the Lady Raiders sore spot. “Our pitching was literally non-existent at the start of the season,” he said, “and everybody knows, if your pitching is weak, you better hit.”

The coach named freshmen Kasey Shemankis, Sarah Hawes and sophomore Tori Libreto as players to watch next season. “Those girls have really stepped up this season, and I’m sure it will be evident next year,” he said.



Coach’s Corner-

Windsor Locks High School Softball Head Coach Eric Refsnider

First season with the team.

Assistant Coach: Nicole Jones

Seniors: Carley Moticka, Illy Conceptcion, Brittney Maguire and Noor Zaben.

Season Review: “Our goal this season was to work on both our hitting and defense,” the coach said.

Complete schedule on:



Spotlight Players:

Carley Moticka – Senior, Catcher: Discovering her love of the sport at the age of 5, Moticka returns to the team for her fourth season. “My favorite parts of the game are hitting, and my teammates,” she said. Moticka will attend Springfield Technical College to study nursing.


Maggie Sayers – Junior, Center: Sayers is returning to the team for her third season. “I like running the bases best,” she said. A ballplayer beginning at age 7, Refsnider describes Sayers as an integral cog on the team and the spark that keeps them all going.

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