Tonawanda News — Seniors Allison Johnson (1B/3B) and Monica Caruana (CF) will also be key for the Bulldogs, while Courtney Creasey and Krista Cornell will handle the pitching duties.
Two seasons ago, the Bulldogs pushed eventual Class A champ Hamburg to extra innings before losing in semifinals. Snitzer said the sting of that one-run loss, combined with falling short of expectations last season, is driving everyone to work harder this year.
“We have so many seniors this year so we have a lot of motivation,” said Snitzer. “Everyone wants to work for the seniors and all of the seniors want to work hard for the team so that we can go as far as we can this year.”
The numbers, and optimism, are on the rise for the Lady Hawks. Coach Gerry Sullivan said with 33 girls trying out for the team this season, some veteran leadership and an strong incoming core of young players, there is a lot to be excited about.
The Hawks will look to co-captains senior Kelsey McCarthy (1B) and junior pitcher Meghan O’Sullivan to lead the way for a young varsity team that includes three freshmen and a sophomore.
“That’s absolutely correct,” said coach O’Sullivan. “Both of them have been playing a lot, longer than just in high school. They are true leaders on the diamond and on the bench and are true role models for these (younger) players. They play hard and do good things.”
Sophomore Emily Dunn will get the start at second base while freshmen Maggie Pezino (catcher), Madison Janson (SS) and Caitlyn Persisco will also be in the starting lineup, as O’Sullivan looks to build around them. O’Sullivan also feels that having younger girls on varsity will inspire his JV players to work even harder, because they see it is possible for underclassmen to make varsity.