Tonawanda News — Everyday Kenmore East assistant softball coach Paul Catalano gathers the Lady Bulldogs and stresses to them how important — and fleeting — their time spent as a varsity athlete truly is. Catalano preaches that his players should go out and do their best everyday single day to create a lasting memory.
Senior Monica Caruana took that advice to heart and crafted a moment in time she will never forget.
Caruana, the Lady Bulldogs’ senior center fielder, had one of those frozen-in-time moments when she hit her first career grand slam against Niagara Falls on April 24.
“It felt great knowing that I was the fourth batter and that I had all of those girls in front of me,” said Caruana, who went deep in the fourth inning. “To hit that and bring them all home and myself was a really good feeling. I’m glad I could do that for my team.”
Though the ‘Dogs fell to the Wolverines in that game, Caruana said she understood Catalano’s words of wisdom even after this special moment and now has a greater appreciation for every second on the diamond with her teammates.
In her third varsity season, Caruana knew that she would be counted on to be more of a leader for a Ken East team that was focused on showing the rest of the Niagara Frontier League that they were a better, more determined club.
“I’ve been in the program for five years,” she said. “Knowing that this year is my senior year, being a leader is a great feeling. knowing that all of the girls look up to me and are looking to me for guidance and support is a great feeling and I love being out there.”
Lady Bulldogs coach Chris Robey said that from patrolling the outfield to being a voice of leadership in every situation, Caruana has been a coach’s dream.