Northeast Times

Ladies of Northeast Philly are ready to hit the diamond

Score a sneak peek at what to ex­pect from your fa­vor­ite area teams in the North­east Times’ soft­ball pre­view.

Phil­adelphia Cath­ol­ic League

Arch­bish­op Ry­an

Head coach: Andy Hafele

Last sea­son: 17-5, lost in CL semi­finals

Key losses: LF Megan Wolf; CF Heath­er For­ward; SS Alyssa Gos­podarek

Key re­turn­ers: 3B Cath­er­ine Ham­mer; 2B Jenna McGee; P/OF Nikki Micha­lowski; P/OF Kerri Dadal­ski

Coach says: “This sea­son should be ex­cit­ing to watch with the de­vel­op­ment of the young­er play­ers. We want to prac­tice and play hard while im­prov­ing every day and win a Cath­ol­ic League cham­pi­on­ship.”

Little Flower

Head coach: Dan Milio (first sea­son)

Last sea­son: 5-10, lost in CL first round

Key losses: 1B Kel­sey Mc­Donough; 2B Ave Bolli; UTIL Francesca Fail­lace

Key re­turn­ers: P Lind­sey Gibbs; SS Aman­da Cos­tello

Coach says: “We have six seni­ors back, and I hon­estly think we can sur­prise a lot of people. We want to com­pete in every single game, im­prove in every game and put their best foot for­ward.”

Cath­ol­ic Academies League

Naz­areth Academy

Head coach: Bob Keat­ing

Last sea­son: 17-4, lost in dis­trict semi­finals

Key losses: SS Melanie Kalesse

Key re­turn­ers: RF Molly Scul­lion; 1B Kate O’Sul­li­van; P Emily Shel­len­ber­ger; P Taylor Lichten­hahn; 3B Brit­tany Colombo; SS Jill Bovitt; C Meg Cox; CF Tamara Jen­nings

Coach says: “We’ll be go­ing for our sev­enth straight league cham­pi­on­ship, and our team is hungry for more. It’s our goal to win a dis­trict title, and then some games in the state tour­na­ment.”

Phil­adelphia Pub­lic League

North­east

Head coach: Tom Kane (first sea­son)

Last sea­son: 6-6, lost in PL quarterfi­nals

Key losses: 3B Jodel­is Diaz; 2B Isa­bella Cam­panaro; CF Cassy Preslar

Key re­turn­ers: LF Sarah Bar­bakoff; P Megan Fekete; SS Francesca Cam­panaro; 1B Aman­da Lind­say

Coach says: “We have a re­l­at­ively young team, one made up of bright, ath­let­ic, hard­work­ing and ex­tremely nice young ladies. I have great con­fid­ence in them, and this sea­son will be ex­cit­ing. I can’t wait for it to be­gin.”

Lin­coln

Head coach: Paul Cam­marota

Last sea­son: 9-4, lost in PL quarterfi­nals

Key losses: P Jes­sica Figueroa

Key re­turn­ers: 1B Kaitlyn Ku­biak; CF Ay­ana Tootle

Coach says: “We’ll be re­group­ing due to vari­ous factors, and we hope to gain ex­per­i­ence for next year. This sea­son will be chal­len­ging, with only two healthy re­turn­ing starters.”

Frank­ford

Head coach: Ken Tom­czuk

Last sea­son: 11-3, lost in second round of PL play­offs

Key losses: UTIL Tyanna Hud­son; 1B Chelsea Taylor

Key re­turn­ers: C Dani­elle Co­or; LF Janixa Montanez; CF Breanna Mont­alvo; 1B Jew­el Ro­man; SS Mori­ah Cedeno; P Tashae Hol­i­day; 3B Brittney Fuller; 2B Bri­anna Fuller

Coach says: “We ex­pect to clinch a play­off spot in a very com­pet­it­ive league in which all teams have a shot at the di­vi­sion title. Our first goal is to pre­pare our ladies for col­lege and show them their hard work on the field and in class will pay off. Any­thing worth hav­ing is worth work­ing for.”

Frank­lin Towne

Head coach: Jen Da­ley

Last sea­son: 8-4, lost in PL semi­finals

Key re­turn­ers: SS Val Scalici; 2B Deanna Robin­son; C Mad­die Cep­par­ulo; LF Larissa Smith; RF Lind­say Kane

Coach says: “I have an amaz­ing group of girls. We’ve ac­com­plished so much in my three years here, and we’re hop­ing to find ourselves back in that cham­pi­on­ship game this year. We would love to bring a soft­ball trophy to Towne.”

Fels

Head coach: Mike Kauff­man

Last sea­son: 3-11

Key losses: 3B Jes­sica Olivares; P Shana Per­alta; 10 more seni­ors

Key re­turn­ers: None. Play­ers to watch in­clude 1B/3B Crys­tal Arteaga; SS Nilsa Rodrig­uez; P Su­daiyah Guz­man; P Rosean­gel Per­alta

Coach says: “We lost 12 seni­ors, so this year is about build­ing for the fu­ture, which for most of these girls will be the next two to three years. We ob­vi­ously want to be more com­pet­it­ive in our di­vi­sion. So far, I’ve seen a lot of prom­ise and have been over­all very en­cour­aged.” ••

Sports Ed­it­or Ed Mor­rone can be reached at 215-354-3035 or em­or­rone@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at emorrone@bsmphilly.com.

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