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April 10, 2014

Tonawanda News High School Softball Preview

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As the Lady Warriors go into the new season, collecting more wins and playing more consistently are obviously at the top of the list. But the main motto Tonawanda is rallying around this season is “beat Alden.” After dropping both regular season games to their ECIC IV rivals last year, the Warriors saw their season end after Alden eliminated them in sectionals.

“We sat down our first day of varsity practice and we put up a chart and we set goals for this year,” said second-year coach Kim Fox. “And they’re very first goal was we want to beat Alden. They beat us three times last year. Twice in the league and once for sectionals. They’re just excited to hopefully get some more wins under their belts this year.”

Returning senior Becca Toth (P/OF) agreed with Fox and said that earning a win over Alden would be a big step forward for the program.

“I’m really focused,” said Toth. “I’d love to beat them. More than anything.”

Though Fox lost six players to graduation she has been very happy with the way the five returnees have taken charge from Day One as they try to show the younger girls the ropes.

Graduating that many players, the Warriors have the challenge of filling spots. But the pitching circle isn’t a concern as the Warriors return Toth and Rachel Allen and welcome junior Haley Slater from JV.

Allen was the No.1 pitcher last season, but after an injury cut her season short, Toth picked up the bulk of action and was the pitcher of record when Tonawanda gained its first win. Now with Allen back, and healthy, and the added experience Toth has from last season and the addition of Slater who was dominant on JV, the Warriors have the deepest staff in the division.

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