Softball season draws to a close in Windsor
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Jun. 2, 2011
In their final softball game against East Catholic on May 26, the Windsor High School Lady Warriors completed a hard-fought season full of ups and downs. With loyal fans packing the visitor bleachers, the players took the field, each bringing talent, spirit and a love of the game.
In his sixth season with the Lady Warriors, coach Bill Alexander and his team of 12 began the year with hopes on improving on 2010’s record. “Last year we reached the quarterfinals of the tournament, losing to Brookfield 2-1.”
Finishing 2011 at 5-14, just shy of tournament qualification, Alexander reflected on the team’s successes. “We started strong,” he said. “In our game against Simsbury, both Molly Parker and Sierra Shemanskis provided some very timely hits. We overcame some mistakes and were able to play a very impressive game.”
With wins against Newington (5-4), Manchester(11-3 and 14-0), Wethersfield (7-6) and Weaver (21-0), the girls’ offense proved to be critical. “We’ve hit all year long,” the coach said. “LaRessa Tessier and Sierra Shemanskis, both sophomores, have had some great at-bats. Miranda Marris had a good year as well, with a homerun against South Windsor.” Defensively, Alexander listed junior pitcher Molly Parker as one of his most improved players, and someone to watch in 2012.
Although the scoreboard may not have reflected it, the Lady Warriors maintained a positive attitude throughout the season, much to the credit of Alexander. Team captain Kelly O’Brien commented on the coach’s philosophy. “He always says, ‘Keep a positive attitude and keep your head in the game.’”
Reiterating that message, senior Katie Dulz recalled Alexander’s best advice: “Keep focused, and don’t ever lose your drive – play to win!”
Windsor High School Softball Head Coach Bill Alexander
Number of seasons with this team: 6
Assistant Coach: Allison Murphy
Captain: Kelly O’Brien
Team strength: “We had some exceptionally strong hitters and players who knew how to lead with confidence and determination,” Alexander said.
Kelly O’Brien – Senior: Playing second base for the Warriors, O’Brien recalled her best moment of the 2011 season: “I got a homerun in two back-to-back games late in the season.”
Coach Bill Alexander said O’Brien was willing to do whatever her team needed.
She will be attending the University of Massachusetts in the fall, with a major in psychology.
Katie Dulz – Senior: Back with the Warriors after a two-year break, Dulz was the team’s starting right fielder. “My favorite part of being on the team was the bonding between the players,” she said.
Coach Bill Alexander listed Dulz as a true team leader, and a big part of maintaining team morale.
A swimmer for WHS, she will be attending Eastern Connecticut State University, majoring in early childhood development.