Killingly Redgals try to regain early season softball success

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Mon., Apr. 22, 2013
Killingly softball player Abby Weber grabs an infield fly at third base. Photos by D. Coffey.
Killingly softball player Abby Weber grabs an infield fly at third base. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Killingly High School softball team began their season on a promising note winning the first four games. Coach Bill Rahall tried to utilize the speed on the team, which worked well at the beginning. Since then, however, the Redgals have struggled with their offense. 

That was the story in their April 17 game against EEC small Tourtellotte Memorial High School. “Our bats were quiet till the sixth inning,” Rahall said. “When we started hitting the ball hard, they played outstanding defense against us.”

Freshman Cara Mayhew took over pitching duties when the Redgals lost sophomore Taylor Duchaniau for the season. Mayhew threw 135 pitches in her first game, and has thrown for more than 100 pitches in the last few games. In spite of her rookie status, Rahall calls her cool and calm on the mound.

First baseman Jamie Leduc anchors the offense for the Redgals. “Leduc is our number one hitter,” said Rahall. “She hits with a lot of power. Right now we're working on getting her to straighten it out.” She's currently hitting .455. Behind her is left fielder Mickayla Pasco at .412. The rest of the team has been struggling and Rahall thinks it has to do with the pitching they've seen in the last several games. He's shaken up the batting order to regroup his team.

The Redgals are captained by senior Bryanna Polozzi (center field), junior Alexa Weber (catching), and junior Karlee Miller (second base). Junior Abby Weber and Sophomore Sue Rodriquez cover third base and short stop respectively. Weber's forte is defense and she's providing a solid defense along the third base line, Rahall said. “Rodriquez is working hard and as a result she's grabbing balls that other players just wouldn't get,” he said. “She's really developing.” Alissa Morrison and Melissa Brazee share right field duties. “They are seeing a lot of play and reacting to it with solid defense.”

Rahall intends to take one game at a time, one win at a time. “We'd like to win more games than last year,” Rahall said. “We'd like to make the tournament. We just have to focus on one game at a time. We need to be more aggressive, look for better pitches in and around the plates and not swing at everything. We want to improve in certain areas and make it a better season.”

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