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2023 ECIC II Softball Preview

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Amherst Tigers Head Coach: Mike Chatelle 2022 Varsity Record: 1-20 Key Players Returning: Ada Radomski, Neala Becker, Nicole Miller Key Losses due to Graduation: Mya Hurley-Buff State, Maddy GilsonHamburg Bulldogs Head Coach: Rich Mattison Assistant Coaches: Mark Kumiega 2022 Varsity Record: 3-16 Key Players Returning: Samantha Morlock, Avery Lyons, Abigail Berkhoudt, Nelle Doyle New Players to watch out for: Grace Dnonearling, Avery Lyons, Madison FerroIroquois Chiefs Head Coach: Aaron Vanderlip Assistant Coaches: John Rogowski 2022 Varsity Record: 9-7 Key Players Returning: Olivia Beyer (12), Maddie Grieble (12), Alexa Chiaramonte (11), Morgan Kosnik (12), Megan Nottis (11), Alex Robillard (11), Mackenzie Kelly (12), Brooklyn Bukaczeski (11) New Players to watch out for: Lydia Loos (11), Emma Beyer (9), Jillian Wainwright (11), Ava Trzepacz (11), Aubrey Bukaczeski (11) Key Losses due to Graduation: Marissa Czombel, Jordyn Ertel, Ally Susi, Zoe Zienski, Karlie Kasten Any Additional Information: Last season we were a competitive team in a tough ECIC II division. We lost to sectional finalist Grand Island 2-1 in 8 innings in the sectional semi-finals. Of course there is always the loss of players to graduation that you cannot replace. I think we have grown up a bit since last season and look forward to the opportunity to compete again this year.Starpoint Spartans Head Coach: Joe Hill Assistant Coaches: Marissa Mariano 2022 Varsity Record: 8-10, 6-6 ECIC record Key Players Returning: Emelie Pascual- Anna Solar-3—both league all stars from last year Key Losses due to Graduation: Bailey Briggs-Rutgers, Marah Schotz-Goldey Beacum Any Additional Information: Young team with 5 sophomores, 3 freshmen, and an eighth grader. Very athletic team with lots of upsides.West Seneca East Trojans Head Coach: Donny Benker Assistant Coaches: Ryan Szplyman Key Players Returning: Olivia Russ (pitcher) Miranda Zipp (SS/CF) New Players to watch out for: Anna Coleman (C) Jenna Wojtkowiak (IF/OF) Players committed to Playing in College: Olivia Russ (D1 UB)Williamsville East Flames Head Coach: Brianna Clark Assistant Coaches: Abbey Kowalski Modified Coach, Danielle Stockman will be joining the program soon, Brielle Wark former player will be coaching when she is done with her college season 2022 Varsity Record: 14-7 Key Players Returning: Emily Wendt SS JR, Ella Wesolowski C SR, Elise Elwood OF SR, Ofelia Comerford 3rd Sr, Shannon Pogorzala OF JR, Alexis Willick 1st JR, Abbey Wesolowski 10, Gwen O’Connell OF JR New Players to watch out for: Grace Kessel, Libby Kosmowski, Ally Ludwig, Brianna White, Jules Calhoun Key Losses due to Graduation: Brielle Wark, Jessica Westmiller Any Additional Information: 7 returning starters from last year all hit above .300. Returning NYS class A poy Ella Wesolowski hit .339 last year. Emily Wendt led in most offensive categories including .429 ba and 25 stolen bases. Abbey Wesolowski hit .365, Alexis Willick hit .350, Elise Elwood .321, Comerford .310, Pogo .318, O’Connell .333 Players committed to Playing in College: Ella Wesolowski (Mississippi State)Williamsville South Billies Head Coach: Julie Murphy Assistant Coaches: Shannon Gilbert, Bob Gentner, Roy Ciaramella 2022 Varsity Record: 16-7 Key Players Returning: Gia Gangi- Pitcher 2022 Season Stats Pitching: 14-6 135IP 128Ks Sectional Champions Class A Champions, 1st Team All WNY 2022 ECIC D2 1st Team All Star 2022 ECIC D2 Pitcher of the Year 2022 1st Team All Bee-Pitcher 2022 2nd Team All NY State 2022, SS Lexi Quagliana–caught majority of innings last season, has great range and quick release, Olivia Sackel- 10th grade 2nd base, power hitter and a great contact hitter. Emma Siegmann Senior CF- incredible range in the outfield and gets a great jump on the ball. New Players to watch out for: Freshmen Catcher Noelle Jurkowski, hitting leadoff and has speed around bases, great blocking and a strong arm. Sophomore Mac Marranca will play corners and has powerful bat, power hitter. Lexi Beller- LF–fast around bases, puts pressure on the D. Kat DeGuehery senior pitcher has a ton of spin on her pitches. Key Losses due to Graduation: 5 starting seniors were huge contributors to the success of our team last season. Great leadership and great role models. Already see their influence with 2023 team. This team is hard-working, intense during practices and very positive towards each other. Players committed to Playing in College: Gia Gangi- Denison-playing softball. Sydney Fox- Brockport playing Field Hockey,
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