Softball: Team-by-team season preview capsules

Boyertown

2010 record:
14-4 PAC-10, 14-6 overall
Coach: Sue Benfield, 40th season

Key returnees: Jr. P Krista Schauder (.407 batting average, 14 RBIs; 13-4, 0.67 ERA, eight shutouts); Soph. OF Brianna DePriest (.344); Sr. 1B Darby Girton; Sr. 2B Beth Anne Kircher; Sr. 3B-OF Lizzie Kish; Sr. SS Jamie Smith; Jr. C Courtney Solt; Jr. 3B-C Wynne McCann; Jr. INF-OF  Kristi Schwenk; Jr. CF Jenna Marburger; Jr. P-OF Cheyanne Dawson.

Methacton

Last year's record:
12-6 PAC-10, 13-7 overall

Postseason: Lost to PAC-10 rival Spring-Ford 5-1 in first round of District One Class AAAA playoffs

Coach: Cathy Miller, 30th season (needs 5 wins to reach 400 for career)

Key returnees: Jr. P Maddie Lowery; Soph. SS Katie Civitello; Sr. 1B Katie Joyce; Sr. P Brynne Fitzgerald; Sr. OF Allie Reiche; Sr. 2B Tessa Crist; Sr. OF Kristen Gardner; Sr. OF Nicole Bridgens

Owen J. Roberts

Coach: Kevin Kirby, 8th year

Last year’s record: 18-6 overall 14-4 PAC 10

Postseason: Defeated Boyertown 1-0 in PAC-10 semis, Lost to Spring-Ford 3-2 in championship game; Defeated Central Bucks East 6-4 and #1 seed Neshaminy 5-2 in District 1 playoffs, Lost in quarterfinals, for the right to go to states, to Bishop Shanahan, 8-0

Key Losses: Megan Hodgson, leadoff hitter and shortstop, school’s career leader with 101 hits, currently starting at La Salle; Lindsay Gieseler, starting left fielder,third on the team with 18 RBI

Players to watch: Jasmine Dutton, Senior OF; Taylor Kelly, Senior Middle Infielder had 18 hits and scored 18 runs, All-Conference selection at 2B past 2 years; Rachel Schwab Senior 3B,  hit .300 with 16 RBI last year; Taylor Shultz, Senior Pitcher, 16 wins and 130 Ks last year, .403 with 4 HR’s and 19 RBI, All-Conference in 2010, All-State DP as a sophomore; Lexi Vaszily Senior 1B, hit .358 with 25 runs, and 17 RBI,, 10 career HRs, All-Conference selection 3 straight years; Genna Weikert, Senior Outfield; Megan Moore Junior Catcher hit .333 with 5 HR’s and 27 RBI, All-PAC-10 selection

Coach’s comments: “Have a lot of players back with experience. We will need to move some people around to fill a couple of holes. Taylor Shultz and Maddie Galdi are quality pitchers that should give us a chance to win every game. We are looking for some consistency from everyone, offensively and defensively. How soon we can establish that consistency will ultimately determines how successful we are. Our primary goals remain to win the league championship and advance to the PIAA state tournament. We came up just short on both last year, we are working hard to achieve those goals this year.”

Kevin Kirby’s PAC-10 outlook: “Perk Valley and Boyertown should be very strong. They have arguably the two best pitchers in the league and they return everyone from teams that went 14-4. Spring-Ford is the defending champion and always a very tough team. Methacton came on very strong last year around a talented young pitching staff. Pottsgrove had a young team, including a freshman pitcher that was playing very well down the stretch. Phoenixville is always well coached with some talented players. PJP is kind of an unknown, but they are a combination of two schools that played in the state tournament last year, and they return at least one quality pitcher. Upper Perk made tremendous strides under their new coach last year, they had good young pitching and return one of the leagues premiere hitters. Pottstown seems to be getting a little better every year.” 

Perkiomen Valley

2010 Record: 16-4 regular season, 14-4 in PAC-10 tied for first w/ Boyertown, Spring-Ford and Owen J. Roberts

Postseason: Lost to Spring-Ford in semifinals of Final Four, lost to Coatesville 6-4 in district opener

Coach:  Dan McLaughlin (3rd season)

Key losses: None - PV had no seniors on the roster last year.

Key returnees: Tori Marcavage (P) Senior, 1st team All PAC-10; Jess White (1b) Senior, 1st team Pac-10; Brittany Shoemaker (ss) Junior, honorable mention All PAC-10;  Erin Hamm (2b) junior, honorable mention All PAC-10; Alyssa Morales (3b) honorable mention All PAC-10; Andrea Conte (catcher) senior and a team captain

Newcomers to watch: Not technically a newcomer, junior center fielder and No. 2 hitter Sara Sermarini is healthy after missing most of last season with an ankle injury. PV is a much better team both offensively and defensively with her in the lineup, according to McLaughlin.  

Coach's comments: “I am very excited about this year. Last year we were able to take a step in the right direction. Our kids worked very hard in the offseason and we are striving to get better as individuals and as a team. We are no longer a ‘young team,’ so much is expected of this squad.”

PAC-10 team to beat: McLaughlin – “Our league is loaded with talent, and pretty much any team can beat you if you don’t play well. Few leagues can match us top to bottom. I believe 8 out of our 10 teams made districts last year, and that was not by accident.”

Phoenixville

Record: PAC-10 8-10, 10-12 overall

Postseason: 1-1 in District One Class AAA playoffs, defeating Henderson 3-1 in opening round

Coach: Joe Bogus, 22 seasons

Players to watch:

Meghan Loughery, Soph., 2B, All PAC-10 honorable mention in 2010

Gianna Bliss, Soph., SS, All PAC-10 honorable mention in 2010

Courtney Wieland, Junior, P/1B

Laura Gronski, Senior, OF/INF

Hillary Viola, Senior, OF

Danielle Johnson, Senior, 3B

Coach’s comments: “We lost some key seniors from last year’s team, especially Molly Ferguson and Jenn Rutherford. This year’s Phantom team is looking forward to the upcoming season.”

Pope John Paul II

2010 Record:
First-year program

2010 Postseason: PJP combines a pair of schools that won Class AA district championships in 2010 - St. Pius X (6 straight District One titles) and Kennedy-Kenrick (District 12 champs) Ironically, K-K (16-7) topped Pius 9-2 in the opening round of the state playoffs last season

Coach: John Bilella, first year (17 seasons at Kennedy-Kenrick)

Players to watch: Sr. P Nikki Troisi (3 perfect games, 2 no-hitters, 3 one-hitters in 2010); Jr. LF Monica Levins; So. OF Kelly Romberger; Jr. CF Talia Catagnus; Jr. 2B Jane Rogers; Jr. RF Katie Eliff; Jr. SS Amanda Light; Soph. C Megan O’Connor; Sr. P-INF Dierdre Wieber

Pottsgrove

2010 Record: 7-11 (Pac-10); 9-12 (overall)

Postseason: 1-1 in District 1 AAA Playoffs (5-1 win over Oxford, 1-0 loss to Radnor).

Coach: Mallory Greene (4th season)

Key losses: Anna Tellis (2B)

Players to watch: Seniors: Amber Hansley-SS, Emily Miller-CF, Brandi Dickinson-OF. Juniors: Taylor Robinson-OF, Jess Kurtz-1B/OF, Shelby Edelson-C/3B, Maddi O’Brien-C/1B Sophomore: Marisa Kinneer-P

Coach's comments: “We’re looking forward to the season, we’ve been steadily building our program and have players coming back with varsity experience this year. We hope to improve our wins in the league from last year and make another run in the postseason.” 

Pottstown

2010 Record: 1-18

Coach: Brandi Hankins 1st season

Assistant Coach/JV Coach: Keith Gerhard 1st season

Key returnees: Kara Reitmeyer (Senior), Jessica Irvin (Senior), Danielle Ledford (Senior), Jennifer Swavely (Senior), Brianne Penrose (Junior)

Newcomers to watch: Alicia Rosenberger (Sophomore), Bekah Gibson (Senior), Joann Auman (Sophomore)

Spring-Ford

Last year's record:
14-4 PAC-10, 19-5 overall, Pioneer Athletic Conference champions

2010 Postseason: Won the PAC-10 Final Four, beating Owen J. Roberts 3-2 for the championship; Went 1-1 in district playoffs, winning the opener 5-1 over PAC-10 rival Methacton before falling 3-1 to Central Bucks South in the second round

Coach: Tim Hughes, 15th season

Key losses: 3B J.P. Norris (.425, 23 RBIs), OF Amanda Glickman (.406), OF Brianna Rowlands (.393)

Key returnees: Jr. P Kristin Robinson, Sr. OF Allie Sasek, Jr. INF Deme Kanakis; Sr. C Steph Dielel

Upper Perkiomen

2010 Record: 4-16 overall (4-14 PAC-10)

Coach: Dave Devlin (2nd Season)     

Key losses: Selina Serrano, Ashley Allan

Key returnees: Maddy Coffey C (all PAC-10 selection, hit .442 with 3 triples, one home run and 9 RBIs), Rachel Steinman 2B, Lindsey Nolen RF, Katie Bearn 1B, Hannah Edwards P/LF, Alyssa Kratz P.

Newcomers to watch: Casey Umstead CF

Coach's comments: “Last season we found ourselves in a lot of games with an opportunity to win, but could not get over the hump. This season we have to work hard to find a way to either scratch out a run late or make that key play in the field to turn our fortunes around.”