Stafford High School JV softball finishes season strong

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., May. 24, 2012
Catcher and team captain Morgan Emmons blocks a wild pitch in Stafford's final JV game with Ellington. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Catcher and team captain Morgan Emmons blocks a wild pitch in Stafford's final JV game with Ellington. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

With very few exceptions, most student-athletes begin their high school careers at the junior varsity level. In those early games, players learn not only the expectations associated with a higher level of play, but the skills that will carry them on to the varsity level.

In her 13-year run as head coach for the Stafford High School JV softball team, Kim Soucy has taught hundreds of young women the fundamentals of the game while grooming new talent for future varsity squads, and in 2012, the talent came out in force.

Led by captain Morgan Emmons, the JV Bulldogs were small but mighty. “Eight out of the 10 players on the team were freshmen - only two were returnees to the JV team,” Soucy said.

Finishing the 2012 season with a record of 6-1, the young, inexperienced roster did not hinder the Bulldogs, but proved to be a key strength. “We had standout performances from junior Hayley Richards at short stop, freshman Onie Tumel at pitcher and sophomore Morgan Emmons at catcher,” Soucy said. “Onie faced 149 batters, 22 hits, 41 strikeouts and six walks.” Both Tumel and Richards play up on the varsity squad when needed along with their teammate, outfielder Jordan Hosey.

“Our best test came in our last game against Ellington,” Soucy recapped a season highlight. “It was our first and only loss [6-3]. The teams were evenly matched, but I would say one of their advantages was it was their 13th game and we were only playing in our seventh game of the season. They were errorless and we had four [errors] in that game,” she said.

In a rapidly vanishing pool of JV teams, Stafford struggled early on to find competition. Several scheduled games were postponed or cancelled entirely due to lack of opposing players. “If we have one goal for the 2013 season, it is to be able to get in more games. There are several schools that do not have JV programs,” Soucy said.

A full recap of the Stafford JV softball season can be found at www.casciac.org.


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