Tourtellotte Tigers rack up impressive numbers in softball

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Thompson - posted Mon., Apr. 22, 2013
Tourtellotte Tigers third baseman Crystal Daly, short stop Christina Kopacz and center fielder Lydia Cortiss get ready for play.
Tourtellotte Tigers third baseman Crystal Daly, short stop Christina Kopacz and center fielder Lydia Cortiss get ready for play.

The Tourtellotte Tigers softball team held off a late inning challenge from Killingly High School on April 17 to win 6-4. The Tigers continued to perform well at the plate.

“Hitting is keeping us in the games,” said coach Brooke Nici. “We're scoring five to six runs a game, and averaging seven to nine hits a game.”

Senior Ashley Gendreau (.611), freshman Carinne Sosnowski (.538) and junior Halie Poirier (.524) lead the way. Gendreau is a disciplined hitter with doubles, triples and homeruns to her credit. Poirier leads the Tiger's with 14 RBI's. Center fielder Lydia Cortiss has a .412 average. The junior's tool to success this year has been her ability to put the ball in play, according to Nici. “She's the kind of kid who can really hit it hard up the middle,” she said. Her on base percentage to date is .444.

The Thompson team sports three starting freshmen at catcher, short stop and third base. Christina Kopacz and Carinne Sosnowski share catching as well as short stop duties. When one plays behind the plate, the other covers short stop and vice versus. “The two of them work seamlessly together,” Nici said. “It doesn't matter who is where, we're throwing people out, we're picking people off, and those are things we've never done before. It's nice to have two solid freshmen at those positions and to know that we'll have them for four years.”

Senior Nikki Tetreault, who never played softball before her freshman year, has shown a complete turnaround in her abilities, said Nici. “She didn't know what a bunt was or how to put one down. She didn't know how to throw. To see the complete 180-degree turnaround in her abilities in four years has been amazing.”

Junior Elizabeth Coty moves from second base to center field depending on the team's need. “She's a phenomenal second baseman,” Nici said, “Nothing gets by her. She's good at turning double plays without thinking.” She's also fast. which is why she's sometimes used in center field.

Athena Metaxas came out for the first time last year as a sophomore. She plays left field because she has one of the better drop steps on the Tigers team. “She's made some amazing game-saving catches out there,” Nici said. “I'm glad to have her out there.”

Nici plans to work on her team's fielding skills. “We're making mental errors and I have no tolerance for that,” she said. “I think they need to have that stinging taste of loss, especially in close games, to understand that they need to push a little harder and be on their game at all times.”

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