Hornets varsity softball team has winning season
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Jun. 3, 2011
For the first time in years, the East Hartford High School Hornets varsity softball team is in the first round of the state tournament. Coach Joseph Leroy said the team finished 15-5 and finished second place in the Central Connecticut Conference. “It’s phenomenal,” Leroy said.
In fact, theirs is the best record of any athletic team at East Hartford High this season. “This is the furthest any team here has gone in a long while,” the coach said.
Leroy credited the camaraderie and teamwork among the players for their success. “All the girls are selfless – they have a willingness to learn and the confidence and focus to get better every day.”
In their most recent game, the Hornets beat the Stamford Knights, considered a very good team, 2-1. On the Hornets team, “there is competition – they want to be better, and they compete with and also motivate each other. They are great kids.”
Their next game was scheduled for June 3, against Bristol Central in the quarter final round, and if they win that game, “we go to the Final Four,” Leroy said. The players are enjoying the experience of being a winning team. “They are ecstatic… they are motivated to do better, and there is a sense of confidence they have, both on an off the field.”
Meghan Kennedy, the Hornets’ pitcher, said the winning streak “has been awesome.” As pitcher, Kennedy said she has been working to “keep their batters off balance. I've been doing that all season.''
Cassie Quattropani, the Hornets’ catcher, said the relationship between herself and Kennedy has been a feature of their success. “A lot of it has to do with a good pitcher-catcher relationship, and that helps,” she said.
During a recent practice, Leroy praised the team and encouraged them to go all the way. “We got here because we play the fundamentals – we're going to play our game, do all the little things we always talk about, and we're going to win,” he said.