2014 Litchfield County Softball Capsules

Torrington junior Marissa Morris is back behind the plate for the Red Raiders this season. Pete Paguaga — Register Citizen

Torrington junior Marissa Morris is back behind the plate for the Red Raiders this season.
Pete Paguaga — Register Citizen

2014 Litchfield County Softball Capsules

Torrington
Coach: Maryann Musselman
Last year: 23-1, NVL Champions
Key losses: Baylee Vinisko, 3B
Key returners: Sydney Matzko, Sr. All-State P; Marissa Morris, Jr. All-Copper Division C; Nicole Jamieson, Sr. 2B; Alexa Potter, Sr. LF; Brittany Young, Jr. RF; Brittany Anderson, Jr, CF; Sara Heath, Jr. 1B; Sam Pelow, Sr. SS; Aunchlee Reily, Sr. OF.
Outlook: The Red Raiders plan bigger and better things after last year’s undefeated regular season.

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Gilbert
Coach: Mark Douglass, 93-154 career
Last year: 3-17
Key losses: Amanda Morhardt, Rachel Wendel, Emily Owens, Mackenzie Russo
Key returners: Jaime Lachance, Sr. Captain; Amanda Root, Sr. Captain; Alyssa Jamieson, Jr; Shelly De La Pass, Jr; Isabelle Rein, Soph; Sidney Fracasso, Soph.
Outlook: We’re young, but the returners have a lot of varsity experience and should help the younger players develop. We’re working on fundamentals.
Teams to beat: Thomaston, Northwestern, Lewis Mills

Housatonic
Coach: Rene Boardman, 1st year
Last year: 4-16
Key loss: Lindsey Olownia
Key returners: Ashley Bosio, Sr. Captain; Tori Christiansen, Sr. Captain; Savannah Martin, Jr; Taylor Dowd, Jr; Nicole Robarge, Jr; Ameliaa Zucco, Jr; Sierra Zinke, Jr; Stephanie Serna, Jr; Alexis Freudenberg, Jr; Maggie Bristow, Jr; Ann Bosio, Soph; Morgyn Gasperini, Soph.
Newcomers: Gabriela Morales, Soph; Amber Ovitt, Soph; Chole Dakers, Fresh; Brooke Clownia, Fresh; Shelby Luminati, Fresh.
Outlook: Lots of coaching enthusiasm with Boardman and her assistants, Sheri Boardman and Alissa Riley, all graduates of the Mountaineer program.
Teams to beat: Terryville, Thomaston, Lewis Mills

Lewis Mills
Coach: Dave Bohmer
Last year: 12-8
Key losses: C.C. Murphy, Kayla Sargis
Key returners: Alyssa Halpin, All-BL Sr. Captain; Gina Daniele, 2nd team All-BL Sr. Captain; Amy Powers, Sr. Captain; Karlie Neuhausser, Jr; Taylor Driscoll, Jr; Paige Reid, Jr.
Outlook: Two key losses, but the team is working hard to be better than last year.
Teams to beat: Thomaston, Northwestern

Litchfield
Coach: Susan Leigh, 2nd year
Last year: 0-20
Key loss: Tricia Benet, P
Key returners: Sarah DeMatteis, Sr. Captain, CF; Kate Maclaren, Jr. SS/2B; Riley Cotton, Soph. 2B/1B; Maddie O’Neill, Soph. C/3B
Outlook: Young team with lots of newcomers

Nonnewaug
Coach: Kat Parlato
Last year: 12-9
Key losses: Kiera Sullivan, Sr; Brianna Talarico
Key returners: Sarah Broderick, Sr; Shannon Kimberly, Sr; Erin Mahoney, Sr; Kaylee Rasmussen, Jr.

Northwestern
Coach: Stacey Zematis
Last year: 15-7 overall; 13-5 Berkshire League
Key loss: Kristyn Ryan
Key returners: Liz Newkirk, All-State Sr; Jess Seymour, Sr; Jackie Colombie, Sr; Kara Deming, Sr; Hannah Yabrosky, Sr; Alyssa Castellani, Sr; Monica Swartly, Jr; Kelsi Hodgkin, Jr; Amanda Soltis, Jr; Michaela Cisowski, Soph.
Outlook: High among many teams competing for the league title
Teams to beat: Thomaston, Mills, Nonnewaug

Shepaug
Coach: Steve Pickett
Last year: 10-11
Key losses: Sam Bisignano, Kate DeWitte, Bridget McCarthy
Key returners: Summer Mericer, Sr. Captain; Kailee Muson, Sr. Captain; Mairead Rosa, Sr. Captain; Mairbeth Seeger, Soph; Kelsey Johnson, Jr; Giana Johnson, Soph.
Outlook: Six returning starters raise hopes for a tournament berth again.

Terryville
Coach: Stephanie Konopaske, 4th year, 53-15 career
Last year: 19-4, Berkshire League Co-champions, Class S runner-up
Key returners: Jenn Luba, Sr. Captain, All-BL, All-State c; Emmalee Caisse, Jr. 1B; Molly Northrop, Jr. CF/3B; Krista King, Jr. SS/P; Ashley Suarez, Jr. 2B/P; Alycia Calabrese, Fresh. P/Util; Makayla Raidey, Jr. OF; Alyssa Iris, Fresh; Alexis Gonska, Fresh; Alexandra Woodbury, Jr; Emmilena Russo, Soph; Marion Bongiovanni, Jr.
Outlook: Rebuilding, with “six or seven spots open.”
Teams to beat: Thomaston, Northwestern, Lewis Mills

Thomaston
Coaches: Kelly Finlay/Gene Torrence, 3rd year, 28-14 career
Last year: 18-4, Berkshire League Co-Champions
Key losses: Five starters
Key returners: Abby Hurlbert, Sr. SS/P; Erin O’Neill, Sr. OF/C; Nina Barone, Jr. 3B; Gabby Hurlbert, Soph. 1B; Morgan Sanson, Soph. P/OF; Nicole Schaefer, Soph. C; Julia Romaniello, Soph. OF/INF.
Outlook: “Team is very small this year, but hard work, dedication and confidence will show throughout the season.” Thomaston and Northwestern are co-favored by many BL coaches.

Wamogo
Coach: Scott Marcucio, 7th year, 50-91 career
Last year: 5-13
Key losses: Jenna Lopardo, All-BL 3B; Anna Lowe, SS.
Key returners: Haley Bergs, Sr. Captain, 1B; Jade Christensen, Sr. captain, 2B; Caroline Hill, Sr. captain, CF; Malia Rebot, Jr. P; Maggie Couture, jr. 3b/of; Mariah Squires, jr. of; Sydney Bado, soph. c
Outlook: Good leadership and talented newcomers

Wolcott Tech
Coach: Jenn Stango, 1st year
Key returners: Kimmie Stack, Sr. All-Constitution State Conference; Brianna Genest, Sr. 2nd team All-CSC; Sarah Morey Sr; Emily Andrews, Jr; Curtney Wassik, Jr; Eva Verbickas, Soph.
Outlook: The Wildcat football coaches trade places, with football head coach Jamie Coty the softball assistant to football assistant coach Stango. “Our team goal is to make it to the tournament.”

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