Vianney softball plays five games in six days to start season

May 31, 2020

first_imgBY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer After having all three of its opening week games postponed, the St. John Vianney High School softball team faces a busy, five-game week. The Lady Lancers were scheduled to open the season on Monday at Red Bank Catholic. The two teams played four innings of scoreless ball on Friday before the contest was rained out.Yesterday SJVwas slated to hostMatawan andManasquanwill visit this afternoon.On FridayCoachKimLombardi’s team will host Rumson-Fair Haven before traveling toRedBankRegional on Saturday. “We’re really going to get going,” the coach said. “That’s a lot of softball in aweek, but the girls are ready to play.” SJV will be looking to defend its Shore Conference Class A Central crown after going 27-2 a year ago. The Lady Lancers won both the Shore Conference and Monmouth County tourneys and reached the semifinals of the NJSIAA Non-Public A Tournament where they were eliminated by RBC. Much of Lombardi’s lineup remains intact, although SJV will be without standout pitcherDiana Sansevera,who pitched every game, allowing just 17 runs overall, 12 of which were earned. She also struck out 368 hitters in 214 innings. This spring the Lancerswill be giving the ball to hard-throwing freshman Jen Retzer. Lombardi said Retzer has shown plenty of poise during the pre-season, while noting that the freshman has good movement on her pitches. Retzer will be pitching in front of a stellar defense that committed just eight errors a year ago. The Lady Lancers are strong up the middle with veteran Kristin Kaelin, a senior, behind the plate; Jamie Petraglia and KaseyBulman at shortstop and second base, respectively, and fleetAshley Fasano in centerfield. Kaelin is also the team’s top returning hitter. Last spring she his .420with 19RBIs. Karissa Battaglia, a junior who moves from first to third base this season, batted an even .400 with 21 RBIs a year ago. Petraglia returns to the leadoff spot, where she hit .320 as a sophomore. Bulman, whomay see some action on themound, batted .250 as a freshmanwith several key hits, and Lombardi is expecting more now that Bulman has a year of varsity experience. Another soph, Nicole Saggiomo, showed promise at the plate as well, batting .250. Saggiomo will move to first base from right field. Junior Renee DiBlasio will be in right field and Kelsey Ehault, a sophomore, is the left fielder. Other members of the team include pitcher Jamie Miller and outfielder Nicole Scanlon, both seniors; infielder/DHSamAmbrose, a junior; infielderMaggie Tabacci and outfielder/DH Steph Solari, both sophomores, and infielder Lauren Allingham, a freshman. “We’re counting on our defense to get the job done again,” Lombardi said. “Defense wins championships and that’s always been our focus. That was really a key to our success last season.” Offensively, the lady Lancers have plenty of speed and Lombardi plans to keep things relatively simple. “Wewant to get people on base andmove themover,” she said. “We’re working on trying to score a run an inning. If we can do that, we should be able to win a lot of games.”last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *