Written by Tracy Reardon Friday, 30 April 2010 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Softball team has been in the process of rebuilding since its conference championship in 2008. With big losers such as Alyssa Palma and Nicole Reardon, the team had to find their way again. Fourth-year varsity starter Michelle Morrison has taken over the role of team captain. She is an inspirational leader who has overcome many obstacles such as shoulder surgery last February.
Krystie Kern and Lauren Sasso are third-year varsity starters and have made a huge impact on how this team functions. Kern swings a hard bat in the third spot in the lineup and Sasso has been the team’s starting pitcher since her freshman year.
Tracy Reardon is in her second year with the varsity team and starting at third base. Her enthusiasm keeps the team’s attitude up at all times. Danielle Beck and Heather Gessner are second-year varsity players who show a lot of support when anyone is up to bat and heighten the team’s moral.
Junior Tina Basile is in first year on the varsity team after spending her sophomore year being called up for games throughout the season. Returning to Mineola for her senior year, Stephanie Cutrona is making her way back into the game and has a very high spirit. Freshman Christina Palmenteri is the team’s starting shortstop who is quickly making a name for herself and fitting in quite nicely on the team.
The varsity team would not be complete without the five girls who play on both the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams. Erin Etherson, Shannon Maloney, Nicole Henrichs, Addie McKeever and Lauren Fischer are the girls who put in the most effort out of all the rest. McKeever and Fischer are a great gain to the squad to help relieve Sasso’s arm when games are too close together. Etherson and Henrichs clean up the corners when they step out on the diamond and Maloney is stepping up to the plate and playing a mean left field.
Last but not least Kim Wallitsch is the team’s manager. After injuries in her junior year, she has decided to be the manager and attend the games to keep the book and cheer on the rest of the girls.
Coaches Mike Boccuzza and Melissa Skupp have a positive attitude about how this season should conclude. The girls were off to a rocky start with a record of zero and three after playing Lynbrook, Friends Academy, and East Rockaway but have regained their stride toward a winning season with three straight wins against Cold Spring Harbor, Roosevelt and Malvern. These wins have really given the team some momentum and the coaches are looking forward to how the rest of the season turns out.