New Stafford softball team adds to North Central League field

By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Stafford - posted Fri., Jul. 1, 2011
Stafford softball pitcher Onie Tumel tosses a pitch to an Enfield player on June 29. Photos by Lauri Voter.
Stafford softball pitcher Onie Tumel tosses a pitch to an Enfield player on June 29. Photos by Lauri Voter.

Stafford couple Lisa and Jim Tumel have increased the playing field for the North Central Girls Softball League by adding a Stafford element.

The Tumels, in conjunction with Steve Cichoski, are coaching the first-year Stafford girls' team.

“The youngest players are entering their freshman year, and the oldest players are going to be seniors this fall. We have a really nice mixture of all ages,” said Lisa Tumel.

The Tumels were able to put together a team entirely made up of Stafford teens. Many of the team members played on the high school team and on the summer recreation league before transitioning over to the new summer team.

Tumel said the Stafford girls' softball league has been very supportive of the team and has allowed the new team to use the Stafford league's equipment.

The North Central League will keep the players busy all summer, but will also help the players enhance their skills.

“It's set up to assist girls in becoming better players for high school leagues,” said Lisa Tumel.

The Tumels decided to start the team because their daughter, Onie Tumel, who pitches for the new team, is such an enthusiastic player.

“Our daughter loves to play, so we figured there have to be other girls who love to play as much as she does, and there is,” said Tumel, who said the girls also enjoy the social aspect of being on a team.

Bryanne Auguste, who will be a senior this fall, has played softball since fourth grade. She plays first base for Stafford's summer team. “I really like softball. It's one of my favorite sports to play. I wasn't going to, because of vacation, but it's fun, so I decided to change my mind,” said Auguste.

The team's sponsor is Hedge Hog Hill Hardwoods, which has provided the team's snappy-looking, raspberry-pink and black uniforms and snazzy socks.

Although Stafford's team has a full roster of players this year, anyone interested in learning more about the league can visit

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