Bobcats softball team looking forward to first season in ECC Large

By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Tue., Apr. 3, 2012
Pitcher Heather Norris and second baseman Kelsey McCarthy during a recent scrimmage game versus Glastonbury High School.
Pitcher Heather Norris and second baseman Kelsey McCarthy during a recent scrimmage game versus Glastonbury High School.

“We had a great season,” said coach Anna Dipierro about last year’s Bacon Academy softball team, which suffered only four losses, including a 3-0 loss in the state final to Foran of Milford. Dipierro, in her 17th year as head coach of the Bobcats, said that this year is looking good. “We have some unfinished business. I don’t know if this is going to be the year to finish it, but I’m hoping we will,” she said.

With four senior starters graduating last year, Dipierro has some spots to fill on this year’s team. “I think that the toughest spot that we’re finding right now is the pitching position,” said Dipierro. That’s understandable, as one of the graduating seniors was two-year All-State pitcher Jamie Correia. “We have four or five kids that can pitch; it’s just a matter of finding who’s going to be our number one. We may do it by committee, and just pitch different kids in different games. They are all about the same level right now.” said Dipierro.

Dipierro said that there are a couple of freshman who may see some playing time at various positions, and she and the team will be relying heavily on the senior tri-captains: All-State shortstop Makaila Kowalsky, second baseman Kelsey McCarthy and catcher Lisi White. White “had one of her best year’s last year,” said Dipierro, making top-10 lists in the state in several categories, including slugging percentage. “All three of them are four-year varsity players,” said Dipierro.

That varsity experience should pay off, as the Bobcats have moved up to the ECC Large division this year, where they will be playing against schools like NFA, Fitch and Waterford, the only team in the group that Bacon has been unable to defeat in the past. “They all come with strong teams. Although we’ve played some of these schools before, we don’t necessarily know what we’re coming up against,” said Dipierro. Nonetheless, “I think we’ll hold our own. We have some talent on this team. Some strong players,” said Dipierro.

“This is going to be an interesting year. The girls are motivated. The kids that we have are hard workers,” continued Dipierro. “The first couple of weeks will be an indication of what’s to come.”

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