Wolverine softball team ends season at 20-4
By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Griswold - posted Tue., Jun. 7, 2011
One single run in a shutout ended Griswold High School’s hopes for a state softball title this year.
A 1-0 loss to East Catholic at home on June 2 in the state quarterfinals brought the Wolverines’ season to an abrupt end. But Rick Arremony’s girls have every right to be proud of their 20-4 record, which included an ECC Division M championship and the ECC league tournament semifinals..
“We’re good every year, and this year we’ve been good,” he said. With just two losses in the regular season, the team went into its contest with East Catholic seeded fourth in the state tournament, in the wake of a first-round bye and a second-round 2-0 win against Northwest Catholic.
The June 2 game was a pitchers’ battle, with GHS freshman Kirsten Drobiak pitted against the Eagles’ Allyson Fournier, ranked by many as the best softball pitcher in the state. Fournier held the Wolverine girls to three hits, two by senior Nina Wojtkiewicz.
Drobiak is the team’s sole pitcher, Arremony said. That’s the way he’s coached for all but one year of his decade with the Wolverines. “It’s a big deal to have a freshman pitcher. But we had seven returning starters, and I knew we had a good foundation. She’s got a strong supporting staff behind her, a lot of run support. That takes a lot of pressure off a pitcher,” the coach said.
Drobiak had big shoes to fill - those of Taylor Lane, a '10 grad who now pitches Division 1 softball at Sacred Heart University. But Drobiak clocked 141 innings for the Wolverines in 24 games this season.
"She pitches every inning of every game. People say, 'What do you do if she gets huurt?' I say, "We lose,' " Arremony said.
Wojtkiewicz was another Wolverine standout, who batted .494 this year and has amassed 120 hits and 101 runs over her four-year high school career. She's only the fourth Wolverine to achieve more than 100 hits, and the second to top 100 runs. She also broke her previous career record for stolen bases this season, with 32 in 33 attempts.
Wojtkiewicz, along with senior centerfielder Jess Synott, was named to the All-Star Class M team this year by the Connecticut High School Coaches’ Association, Arremony said.
"These young ladies are passionate, unselfish, loyal and committed to the program," said Arremony of his team. "They make it so you look forward to coming to the field every day."
“Our kids are all from the Jewett City Little League,” he said. With a decade of coaching to his credit, Arremony has worked with many of his players since they were “little freshman pups.”
Some of his players branch out to play in travel teams, and “that’s what really makes upper-echelon players, playing at a higher level,” said Arremony.
Griswold High School Girls’ Softball Coach Rick Arremony
Number of years coaching: 10
Arremony started out coaching Little League and later coached the Connecticut Green Devils. Now in the summer he coaches the Connecticut Tradition, a summer travel softball team in the under-18 division. Three years ago, his team won the national tournament in Ohio.
For full results: www.Griswold.k12.ct.edu
Spotlight Players: Softball Standouts-
Nina Wojtkiewicz – Senior: Wojtkiewicz is only the second softball player in Griswold history to reach 100 career runs, and the fourth to achieve 100 hits, said Arremony.
Kirsten Drobiak - Freshman, Pitcher: Drobiak is the sole pitcher on the Wolverine squad. “She pitches every inning,” said Arremony. “People ask, ‘What do you do if she gets hurt?’ I say, ‘We lose.’”