Enfield High softball team ready to end tournament drought

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Fri., Apr. 6, 2012
Senior Dallas Fonck practices bunting while senior Annie Nguyen plays catcher. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Senior Dallas Fonck practices bunting while senior Annie Nguyen plays catcher. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Enfield High School softball team finished the 2011 season 6-14, just two games shy of a state tournament berth, but this season's team members believe they have what it takes to end their two-year state tournament drought.

“We hope to be at least .500 this season,” said head coach Albina Belisle. “We’re young and lack in experience, but we’re building a strong team and have been making good improvements.”

The Raiders will be led by senior starting pitcher and captain Dallas Fonck, who will also play at first base. Enfield’s rotation will be supported by sophomore Kristen Serafin, who will also share time at third base and right field.

“Our pitching has improved; it’s our strength,” Belisle said. “They are making good pitches and hitting their spots.”

“We’ve put in a lot of work and practice with our pitching coaches,” Fonck added. “Our pitching has gotten better.”

Catching for the pitchers will be a trio of players: senior Annie Nguyen, sophomore Taylor Maier, and freshman Jordan Fritz.

“This team can really turn heads with a good pitcher-catcher combination,” Belisle said.

“Our catching is only going to get stronger,” Maier said. “We’re still learning the position.”

Nguyen will play some centerfield alongside her catching duties and Fritz and Maier will fill out the left side on the infield at third base and shortstop, respectively, when they are not behind the plate.

“She [Fritz] has a lot of talent,” Belisle said. “She is a strong hitter and has a good arm; we’re just waiting on her confidence.”

“Maier is one of our better athletes,” Belisle said. “She is slowly but surely coming out of her shell and being a leader.”

In order to earn a state tournament berth, Enfield will need to solidify the outfield positions and communicate better on the field.

“Everyone has folders now so they know the plays and my signals and calls, which should improve our communication,” Belisle said. “We’re just hurting on our initial reactions when the ball is hit in the outfield.”

The Raiders look forward to match-ups at East Windsor on April 13, at Fermi on May 23 and the team’s final home game of the season versus Suffield on May 21.

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