Tonawanda News — Reading and hearing about a winning tradition is one thing. Being a part of one is another thing all together.
As the Lady Blue Devils come into the 2014 season, they have an influx of talented youth and a core of senior leaders ready to teach them what an honor it is to put on that Kenmore West softball uniform.
“We’re obviously super young,” said pitcher Charlotte Miller, who was the News 2013 softball Player of the Year. “But the young girls know tradition because they’ve watched us. They’ve watched the girls that have graduated. Great players have played here.”
Miller and fellow seniors Hannah Post (SS) and Adriana King (3B) lead the way for the Blue Devils and know it’s up to them to pass the torch to the next generation.
“Tradition is so important at Kenmore West,” said Miller. “So, yeah, we are showing them the ropes.”
Miller, who was also an All-WNY first team selection, batted near .700 for the better part of the season and shared the pitching and first base duties the past two seasons with Shelby Donhauser. But with Donhauser having graduated, the bulk of the pitching chores will rest on Miller’s capable shoulders. Miller and catcher Brianna Christopher will give the Blue Devils arguably the best two power hitters in the NFL in the middle of its batting order.
Blue Devils head coach Matt Chimera couldn’t be happier to have Post, Miller and King proving leadership and stability for the youth. But he also couldn’t help but smile when he talked about the youth of the program that includes freshmen Grace Ferguson (INF/OF), Allie Chimera, (2B/SS) Ashlynn Kaczmarek (1B/OF/P) and eighth grader Abby Borkowski (1B/3B/P), who have all cut their teeth in the Blue Devils travel program