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ECIC II Softball Conference Preview

ECIC II Softball Conference Preview

School Name: Amherst

Head Coach: Mike Chatelle

Assistant Coaches: Kara Stein

2021 Varsity Record: 3-17

Key Players Returning: Mya Hurley, Maddy Gilson

Key Losses due to Graduation: Tessa DeCicco, Amaya Woods, Maddie Herdlein

School Name: Iroquois

Head Coach: Aaron Vanderlip

Assistant Coaches: John Rogowski

2021 Varsity Record: 13-6

Key Players Returning: Karlie Kasten (12), Marissa Czombel (12), Jordyn Ertel (12), Zoey Zienski (12), Ally Susi (12), Olivia Beyer (11), Maddie Grieble (11), Alexa Chiaramonte (10)

New Players to watch out for: Morgan Kosnik (11), Megan Nottis (10)

Key Losses due to Graduation: Maggie Lenda (Pitcher ALL-WNY), Gabby Stawicki (Catcher 1st Team All ECIC 2), Emily Gordon (3B 2nd Team All ECIC 2)

Any Additional Information: The 2021 squad won the Class A2 Sectional final against Williamsville South 2-1.

Players committed to Playing in College and Where if known? Karlie Kasten (Mercyhurst) Marissa Czombel (Hilbert)

School Name:  Starpoint Spartans

Head Coach:  Joe Hill

Assistant Coaches: Marissa Mariano

2021 Varsity Record: 7-10 Overall

Key Players Returning:  Bailey Briggs:  SS  All WNY-Large School First Team, Anna Solar:  C  ECIC II 2nd Team Marah Schotz:  3B, Morgan Bennett:  LF  ECIC II 2nd Team

New Players to watch out for:  Emily Pascual (Infield)

Key Losses due to Graduation: Gianna Adamo (D’youville)

Any Additional Information:  Playing in the Capital City Classic (Frankfort Kentucky) this spring break.

Players committed to Playing in College and Where if known?

Bailey Briggs:  Rutgers University Marah Schotz:  Goldey-Beacum University (D-2)

School Name:  Sweet Home

Head Coach: Crystal Carlson

Assistant Coaches: Francesca Gugino

2021 Varsity Record:        Overall: 4 Wins ,11 Losses      League: 3 Wins,  9 Losses

Key Players Returning: Megan Rude (P), Olivia Kowalik (C), Avery Guame (SS), Olivia Weissenburg (2B)

New Players to watch out for:  Amber Murak, Kendra Kapuzscak

Key Losses due to Graduation: Kelly Parucki

Players committed to Playing in College and Where if known?

Possibly our catcher Olivia Kowalik, unknown of where

School Name: West Seneca East High School

Head Coach: Sam Sebastian

Assistant Coaches: John Seeley, Kassidy Aiken

2021 Varsity Record: 6-8

Key Players Returning:  Hailey Cenname, Abby Elliot, Olivia Russ, Maya Zaffram, Miranda Zipp

New Players to watch out for:  Anna Chapman, Jenna Wojtkowiak

Key Losses due to Graduation: Rachael Fuerst

Players committed to Playing in College and Where if known?

Hailey Cenname will be playing this coming Fall for Niagara University

School Name: Williamsville East

Head Coach: Bri Clark

Assistant Coaches: Danielle Stockman

2021 Varsity Record: 18-2

Key Players Returning: Ella Wesolowski (C), Jessie Westmiller (P), Melissa Smith (3B), Emily Wendt (SS), Elise Elwood (1b/OF), Bri Wark (OF), Regan Zuchlewski (P)

New Players to watch out for: Talia Grabenstatter (P)

Key Losses due to Graduation: Summer Clark (Sryacuse) Abbie Stellrecht (UPenn)

Players committed to Playing in College and Where if known? Melissa Smith C/3B (12)- John Carroll University Brielle Wark OF (12)- Medaille Ella Wesolowski C (11)- Mississippi State Jessie Westmiller P (12)- Gannon

School Name:  Williamsville South Softball

Head Coach: Julie Murphy

Assistant Coaches: Bob Gentner, Shannon Gilbert and Scorekeeper Roy Ciaramella

2021 Record: 16-7

Very optimistic for our season this year. We are an older team and with that brings experience and pose. They have been through a lot together including this group having their 2020 season cancelled. We made it to the a2 finals last season and lost a heartbreaker to Iroqouis 2-1.  We have a ton of leadership and our expectations have been set high. We have had scrimmages against Depew. Nardin and OP and the intensity has been great.

Key Players Returning: 9 upperclassmen all returning will have opportunity for starting position.  5 Seniors will all start and play a huge role in our success.  Senior Olivia Ruggiero is 5 year varsity player and has played second base the last 3 seasons. Will bat in the top 4 and has incredible leadership qualities and work ethic.  Olivia led our team in RBIs and second in singles with 25. Also had an average of 455.  Senior Marissa Barrali will play primarily 1b but also see time at 3B. 3 year varsity returner. Has a big bat and very powerful up at the plate. She is very athletic and has a great glove on defense. Marissa was second on team with RBIs.  Senior MJ Martin 3 year varsity returner has one of the quickest gloves and the best defensive mechanics for an infielder I have seen in a long time. She has a very quick release and she makes it look effortless when she fields. She will also hit in the top 4 of our lineup and has speed around the bases. She led our team in singles with 27 and doubles with 10. MJ ended the season 2nd in average with 459.  Senior CF Sydney Lochocki will be the leader in our outfield. Led our team with 491batting average. She bats lefty and has great power at the plate. She will hit in the cleanup spot or 3 spot. Covers the outfield great and has great instinct.  Senior Megan Jackson will have time in RF and 1B and is a great contact hitter. She is a solid line drive hitter and looking for big things for her senior season Junior returning starting pitcher helped out our team in 8 th grade and hasn’t turned back.  Gia Gangi commands control of her pitches and put a ton of time in the off season. She

has great location on her pitches and keeps the batters off balance. Not only a leader on the mound Gia also will hit in the top 4 of our lineup as she has a strong bat and great discipline at the plate.  Junior returner Lexi Quagliana will spend time behind the plate with her quick release and ability to block balls. She is a great contact hitter and produces so many quality at bats. Lexi is one of our smartest players and she will also see some time at 3B. Lexi was also 2nd in RBIs on our team last year and first in walks.  Junior returner Sydney Fox brings a ton of power up at the plate and will also see time at 3B and catcher. She has a great eye up at the plate and also makes great contact.  Junior Emma Siegmann will see time in the outfield and is one of the hardest workers on the field. She shows up and is always smiling.  Additional players are juniors Kathryn DeGuehery who will see time on the mound. She has great change of speeds and just a great kid

Junior Elizabeth Foster is another player who can play anywhere and willing to play anywhere to help the team. Sophomore Lexi Beller adds a ton of speed to our lineup and she also an play anywhere. Finishing off our roster, last but not least by any stretch is Olivia Sackel Watch out for her In our first few scrimmages she has already hit 2 triples and 3 Run HR over the fence. She has incredible bat head speed and power and we are excited for her future. Really looking forward to seeing what this group can do. Having experience and the talent is a great combination and they have the drive and passion to win and compete.

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