Griswold softball squad retools to turn season around
By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Griswold - posted Mon., Apr. 29, 2013
The season got off to a rocky start for the softball Wolverines, but the squad has pulled itself out of an early-season slump in a big way, racking up seven consecutive wins. Coach Richard Arremony attributed the string of three initial losses to “the wrong game plan.”
“I don’t think we were as ready as we should have been,” said Arremony. “It was almost a daily occurrence that somebody was missing for one reason or another. With that, I failed to recognize our overall deficiencies. We gave up 32 runs in the first three games.”
The resulting losses to Norwich Free Academy and Morgan led him to retool, and by the time of the season’s game three, against Stonington, he had found “a better approach that fit our talent level.” That game marked a turning point, despite a 6-8 loss to the Bears. “We played better, the whole dynamic of the team was better,” said Arremony.
Arremony’s starting line-up includes his two sole seniors, center fielder Emily Slonski and right fielder Lindsay Murphy, along with freshman Brianna Kerby at short stop. “We’ve got a completely new infield,” he said. “We lost three of our infielders from last year, so we had to shake things up.” Juniors Elizabeth Olszewski, Kaitlyn Nyles and Synde Ondriecka are covering the bases this season, while classmates Lindsay Murphy play right field and Kasey Ayer catches.
Junior Kirsten Drobiak is starting on the mound for the Wolverines, as she has since freshman year. Last season she claimed all but one of the team’s 20 season wins. As in past seasons, Arremony doesn’t really have a reliever in the bullpen. “When a kid’s in the limelight like [Drobiak] she is, it seems they’ve been there forever, especially if they’re pretty good,” he said.
Among this season’s Griswold victories were two shutouts, an 11-0 win against Plainfield and a 7-0 win over Hale-Ray. The winning streak was broken April 26 in a 10-inning heartbreaker, which GHS lost to Norwich Free Academy, the team’s second loss to NFA this season.
The Wolverines play at Ledyard Saturday, May 4 at 4 p.m. and return home Tuesday, May 7 for a 4 p.m. match against Windham.