Glastonbury softball Lady Tomahawks relying on core of seniors

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Mar. 29, 2013
Glastonbury softball
Glastonbury softball pitcher Lindsey Musco will again be the Tomahawks' varsity staff ace. Photos by Steve Smith.

Glastonbury High School's varsity softball team is hoping to improve on last year's 13-8 record. To do so, the team will have to replace some hitters that were lost to graduation.

Coach Georgeanne DiCenso said the team will rely on its core of five senior returning starters, including tri-captains Katie Connolly, Delanie Kehoe and Mary Howard, as well as starting pitcher Lindsey Musco and third-baseman Ana Arriaga. The remaining pieces have several other players contending for the starting jobs.

“We're returning some kids with good batting averages – in the .300s and .400s, but we did lose three starters who hit over .300, so we will have to replace that,” DiCenso said. “Physically, we're a smaller, faster team, so we will have players who will look to get on base with bunting and slap-hitting. We didn't get a huge group of kids who are going to hit the ball over the fence. If we can do that, we'll put more runners on base, and you never know what happens when you get people on base.”

DiCenso said that because of the great feeder system in Glastonbury, each year brings more athletic players, and this year is no exception. “That's really changed in the last five years or so,” she said. “A number of our players work out over the winter, and many of them are track athletes or swim or participate in other sports at GHS.”

The Lady Tomahawks have reached the state tournament each of the past four seasons, but their post-season record is 1-4. To improve on that, DiCenso said, they will need to tighten up some of last year's loose ends.

“One of our weaknesses last year was we tended to give up a big inning later in the game,” she said. “We need to mitigate that and play a full seven innings. We need to have kids step up in terms of batting and get consistent success from all nine batters. We want to finish as high as we can in the NCCC, and then win a tournament game or two.”

The Tomahawks open the season at Northwest Catholic on April 3, and then host RHAM on April 5.

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