Softball Continues Strong Season

Senior Quartet Leads Wolverine Ladies

Photo Courtesy Pastor Photo

Photo Courtesy Pastor Photo

Anyone who lives in Northeast Ohio knows the seasons change. It goes something like this: Fall…pre–winter… winter…post-winter. Occasionally we hear of these concepts known as spring and summer, but only briefly, right ? Well, 2018 is shaping up to be another one of “those” spring/summer delays.

Due to inclement weather, 9 softball games have been cancelled this season to date. Once the team took the field, they lost to Perry, Wickliffe, and Euclid. They have defeated Chagrin twice, Harvey, and Euclid in the second game of a double-header. As of yesterday, the team currently stands at 11 – 5 (with a 10 – 4 mark in CVC league play), following their 6 – 3 win over Geneva.

With practice 5 days per week when they do not have games, the girls have put in a lot of effort to reach their goal of going to the CVC Championships this season. 1st baseman Torrie Gall, sophomore, says the team will achieve their goal by following their game motto, “Make plays and hit dingers.” Head Coach Mr. Bob Leppla says the team shines on the diamond because of their ability to, “…play together as a team and enjoy the competition.”

Because of a decline in the number of girls trying out for the team, West Geauga is not sponsoring a junior varsity this season. There is only a varsity team this year. There are currently 18 girls on the team, including four seniors. The seniors are Kayla Lorenzo (catcher), Amy Sparent (2nd base), Carla Cavasinni (center field), and Samantha Ange (3rd base). Samantha said she will miss, “…game days,” and her fellow teammates’ “energy” towards supporting each other.

Coach Leppla, who is being assisted by Mr. Rob LaRiccia, said previously, “We’re coming along. We have a veteran crew with a mix of young ones. We have some very good players in key spots.” The “stats” would seem to prove that. Junior Mia Minello has pitched every inning for the past two seasons and last year was named all – CVC as the designated hitter. Lorenzo hit .600 in 2017 and led the team in RBI’s. Additionally, Gall hit .480 last season with three homeruns.

Good luck to the girls in the advancing season!