With Senior Pitcher Leading the Way, Southern Regional Softball Squad Should Be Solid

A single A lot more GO: Southern Regional senior Elizabeth Gosse is again to guide the Rams from the pitcher’s circle this spring. Gosse last season recorded 12 victories during the team’s 15-4 marketing campaign. (Pictures by David Biggy)
Immediately after successful 15 of its to start with 16 game titles past spring, every thing was going wonderful for the Southern Regional softball team, and then head mentor Jamie Bernaldo’s son made the decision it was time to be born. Days later, the Rams strike a wall, lost a few straight game titles among Wednesday and Friday, and by the 2nd weekend of June the period was about.
“Finley did not want to wait for softball to conclusion and he arrived early,” she joked. “But I feel it was a transform for the women and did affect how they concluded.”
And that very likely will stay the open up query for this spring when the Rams get the discipline, starting off later on this week: How will Southern complete this calendar year? The apparent hope is a large amount greater than last period, when the Rams have been bounced from the point out and county tournaments on consecutive days.
For starters, the Rams graduated only 5 players a couple of times soon after past period finished, 3 of whom were being regulars in the lineup, and lost starting right fielder Megan Campanile, a junior past season who opted to compete in monitor and industry this spring, pursuing an exceptional wintertime year. The team has a solid core of players returning.
RIP IT Fantastic: Final season Leah Morrin was a successful batter in the leadoff place and an excellent defensive participant in heart discipline. The junior is back again to aid guide the Rams to one more successful year.
And anywhere the achievements finishes up, it’s going to commence in the pitcher’s circle, exactly where senior Elizabeth Gosse, who concluded 12-3 last spring, returns for her 2nd time as a starter. Also returning for their senior campaigns are initial baseman Sarah Lally, who slugged 11 dwelling runs for the duration of her earlier two seasons, and 2nd baseman/outfielder Makayla Alessi.
“We have a few sturdy seniors who will make an impact on and off the subject,” Bernaldo reported. “They’ve embraced the underclassmen and are encouraging them gain self confidence. We have a great team of players who want to boost as a workforce, not just as individuals.”
The Rams will be strong through the middle of the protection, not just with Elizabeth Gosse in the circle but also with her sister, Claire, returning for her junior period as the catcher and junior Leah Morrin in center area. Junior Madison Pampalone returns to the outfield as effectively, as does classmate Hannah Vogel, a third baseman and outfielder. Sophomore shortstop/outfielder Kylie Roberts also is back in the lineup.
“We’re on the lookout to make a operate in Team IV. We want to be at the top of our division, and actively playing more with each other is what will support us enhance,” Bernaldo claimed. “We have some positions to fill this time, especially third foundation, shortstop, 2nd foundation, left and ideal subject, and we have a number of newcomers who will make a push for a beginning placement.”
Amongst the newcomers to the varsity plan are juniors Stephanie Cona (3B/1B) and Lacey Jernstedt (OF/C), sophomore Talia Duralek (OF) and Emily Dynalk (OF), and freshmen Lily Beck (OF/P), Kaycee Callanan (OF), Gianna DeSanto (P/SS), Emily Evans (3B/P), Madison Groschel-Klein (SS/C) and Kayla Riley (P/OF).
Barnegat Bengals
On the Prowl 
In softball, who’s in the pitcher’s circle is a significant deal, and this spring Barnegat has a practical element to its defense returning as sophomore Jamison Hogan will get established to toe the rubber.
FIREBALLER: Barnegat sophomore Jamison Hogan must be considerably improved this year, as the Bengals search to develop on past year’s 9-12 time.
“We hope Jamison will improve upon a quite effective initially year,” explained head coach Michael Palmieri, whose Bengals received six of their 1st seven online games a calendar year back, before ending up 9-12. “Hogan had 92 strikeouts and eight wins in her debut season and is returning in fantastic form.”
Continue to, a pitcher normally is only as superior as the protection all-around her, and the Bengals have some holes to fill next the graduations of 3 infielders last June. The only 1 of that bunch returning this time is senior initial baseman Adrianna Kappmeier, who experienced just one particular mistake and led the group at the plate with 24 hits.
In addition to Kappmeier, senior catcher Julianna Cannizzaro and senior utility participant Michelle Watts, who swatted 15 hits in just 9 games, also return to the lineup for their closing seasons.
“Despite returning lots of starters, we have significant holes to fill at second base, 3rd base and shortstop,” Palmieri said. “But our outfield is solid, with all three positions crammed by returning underclassmen.”
The remainder of the returning starters are junior centre fielder Gabriella Giaconia, junior suitable fielder Danielle Huetteman, who doubles as a pitcher, and sophomore still left fielder Mikayla Klein. Junior Charlotte Loutas is again on the roster as perfectly and probably will fill a position at both shortstop or third foundation.
The rest of the roster contains junior Madison Colella (3B), sophomores Krystina Lynch (2B), Karsyn Oliver (2B), Jennessa Rodriguez (2B) and Isis Zaun (OF), and freshmen Avalyn Leach (2B) and Avery Wheeler (3B/OF).
Pinelands Wildcats
May possibly Shock Some
Solid: Senior shortstop Jess Cheney is just one of a handful of players returning to the Pinelands Regional roster this spring, as the Wildcats aim to be greater than their 7-12 period of last spring.
Meanwhile, at Pinelands Regional, head mentor Keith Lowe’s Wildcats are planning for the new year as very well, performing so with only 5 gamers returning to the lineup this spring.
Senior shortstop Jess Cheney, senior to start with baseman Kayla Weber and senior third baseman/pitcher Arianna Loftus will lead the demand after a 7-12 season a yr ago, with junior catcher Kaydence Arleth and junior third baseman/outfielder Audrey Fuscellaro incorporating to the management.
“We have a reliable core of gamers returning,” Lowe claimed. “With the addition of some promising younger gamers, we could be a group that helps make some sounds.”
How considerably sound most likely will depend on how rapidly the youth on the squad acclimate to setting up roles, significantly freshman pitcher Elliana Meila, who also performs next base, as effectively as sophomores Meggan Trettin and Kiera Kielb, who participate in in the outfield. Junior Natalie Rey and sophomore Halie Giberson also might see a good deal of time in the outfield. Sophomore Abby Sorensen and freshman Molly Cogar probably will enjoy a bulk of their innings at next.
The rest of the squad features senior Brianna Petrone and freshmen Ellie Meola and Hannah Theuret.
— David Biggy

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