Tonawanda News — Though their season came to a heartbreaking end after a 1-0 extra innings loss to Hamburg in the sectional semifinals, pushing one of the best teams in Western New York to the limit should increase the Lady Bulldogs’ confidence this year.
“We definitely have a very optimistic feeling for the season especially coming off of that,” Johns said. “We lost a lot of people from last year but it doesn’t really mean anything because we still have high hopes. We’ve replaced them with great talent. So we’re really just having good hopes for the season.”
Courtney Creasey and Christina Spataro will handle the bulk of the pitching duties. Spataro is medically unable to play as of press time and is expected to probably miss the first two weeks of the season.
Once Spataro does return the Bulldogs will likely take it on a day by day basis and go with whoever is consistently performing the best.
Allison Johnson (1B) will round out the starting infield, while returnees Kara Landberg, Monica Caruana and Lexie Albano will be in the outfield. Returnee Laura Wilkinson will play a variety of positions based on what Ark needs.
Varsity newcomer Chelsea Masich is expected to get the nod at shortstop. Taylor Cutler, Erin Samulski and Krista Cornell complete the team.
“Everybody wants to win, but not everybody is willing to put the work in that it takes to win,” Ark said. “My girls, this may not be the most talent we’ve ever had, but in the preseason so far they’ve worked extremely hard and they work hard together. And I think it takes more than talent to win. Hopefully we can come together as a team and helped everyone bring out the best in everyone else.”