Suffield High School softball team has strong start

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Thu., Apr. 12, 2012
Pitcher Laura Somerville takes the mound for Suffield's preseason game with Windsor. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Pitcher Laura Somerville takes the mound for Suffield's preseason game with Windsor. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Softball is more than a sport for Suffield High School head coach Johanne Presser; it’s in her blood. Returning for her 12th season with the Wildcats, Presser - a founding member of the Town of Suffield’s softball program - is looking forward to a potential sixth conference title.

Coming off an exemplary 21-3 2011 season, Presser and veteran assistant coach Andy Lombardi are grooming 13 eager young women into standout ballplayers. “Between graduations and injuries, our entire infield is new to their positions, so there are a lot of unanswered questions,” Presser said. “The girls are working hard, however, and improving every day.”

On March 30, the Wildcats took the field in a preseason scrimmage against Windsor. Leading their teammates through three scoreless innings, four-year varsity players Meghan Maliga (P) and Emily Forzono (C/1st), stepped into their roles as this year’s co-captains, encouraging new players at the plate and in the field.

“Meghan [Maliga] is one of the best pitchers in the conference,” Presser commented on the strengths of this year’s squad. “Our team is dedicated to learning their positions. Our weakness would be the lack of playing experience.”

Focused on improving Suffield’s offense as the team’s number one goal, Presser singled out Granby (April 26), SMSA (May 7) and Coventry (May 9) as good tests for the Wildcats. “Those teams all have good pitchers and decent offense,” the coach said.

Opening strong with wins against East Windsor (8-2) and Avon (20-0), Presser commented on what sets this year’s team apart from prior seasons. “Their dedication to improving their skills will make all the difference in 2012,” the coach said.

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