RHAM softball team prepares for new season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Wed., Mar. 28, 2012
Holly Hayden warms up at third base before a scrimmage against Haddam-Killingworth. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Holly Hayden warms up at third base before a scrimmage against Haddam-Killingworth. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Fresh off a traditional weekend bonding session at the Winding Trails ropes course, the RHAM varsity softball team prepared for a season-opening scrimmage against Haddam-Killingworth on the blustery Monday afternoon of March 26. “It was very good,” said head coach Kim Hills of the team’s weekend. “It’s an intense experience.”

Hills prepared the team for the scrimmage with her assistant coaches, Christine Hartwick and Bill Custance. She said she had 27 girls total try out for the team. “We didn’t have to make any cuts,” she said. Of those chosen to play at the varsity level, only four are seniors. Nine of this year’s varsity players are sophomores. “We are physically a really young team,” said Hills.

Among the sophomores is returning pitcher Marissa Caron, who got a bit of varsity experience last year. “We have super high expectations for her,” said Hills.

Courtney Manarky, a sophomore fielder, “is physically petite but a very tough player,” said Hills. Manarky played varsity last year as a freshman, and Hills expects her to be an important part of this year’s team.

Senior catcher Coreen Einsiedel has played varsity since she was a freshman, and is likewise expected to make an important contribution.

Hills said that the unusually warm weather since tryouts had allowed for plenty of time on the field, and her team was shaping up to be “defensively very versatile.” Offensively, the team remained untested, and Hills was hoping to begin to get an idea of the players’ abilities during the Haddam-Killingworth scrimmage.

The team’s overall goal for the season is to make the state playoffs, said Hills. “We hope to surprise people,” she said. “We’re young. We hope that people will overlook us and we’ll come out and surprise them.”

The seniors on this year’s RHAM varsity softball team are Brittney Lovett, Kendra Dootson, Coreen Einsiedel and Marissa Navin.

The first home game of the regular season for the RHAM Sachems is scheduled for Monday, April 9, against South Windsor. The game begins at 3:45 p.m. For a full season schedule, go to www.casciac.org.

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