Friday, June 29, 2001
Carlisle School girls softball tops again
For the third consecutive year, the Carlisle Middle School girls' softball team won the Nashoba Valley League championship. The girls finished their season with a perfect 10-0 record, outscoring their opponents 192 to 30.
Throughout the year, many opponents were intimidated by Carlisle's skilled and aggressive play. In fact, Lincoln and Hanscom chose not to make up rained-out games because of "other school activities." Our most serious rival, Notre Dame, the only team that beat Carlisle last year, could not handle this year's determined squad. In our first match this year at Notre Dame, Carlisle started slowly but eventually prevailed 19 to 7. The second game at home against the well-coached Notre Dame team was even more one-sided, with Carlisle winning 11-2.
The backbone of this year's team was made up of returning seventh and eighth graders. On the mound was Erin Daly, who was clearly the best pitcher in the league. Erin was so overpowering, many teams let out a loud cheer when any of their hitters hit even a foul ball. Seventh-grader Abbie Rolando worked hard in the off-season to improve her skills, and was also a very effective pitcher for the Huskies. Co-captain and catcher Katie Brown had a great year behind the plate and had the third-highest batting average on the team (.588). At first base co-captain Sam O'Keefe played solid defense throughout the season. As the team's leadoff hitter for most of the season, Sam led the team in batting with an outstanding .633 average. Daly, Brown and O'Keefe each had two home runs during the season. Eighth-graders Rachel Grean and Allison Probolus played stellar defense at second base and were serious threats at the plate. At shortstop, fencing star Eva Jellison demonstrated a strong throwing arm and hit with power all year. On third base, returning seventh-grader Allison Stephens provided a challenge to batters attempting to bunt. Our outfielders Allie Robbins, Nicole Koehlert and new team member Casey Freedman ran to balls with speed and determination. Seventh-graders Sam Luther and Laura Ferraro had a terrific season, both in the field and at the plate.
The future of the team is in great hands with this year's sixth-grade rookies. Pitcher/shortstop Eliza Jacobellis had a great rookie year. Eliza had the second highest batting average on the team, hitting 600. Pitcher Cassidy Lane demonstrated tremendous velocity on her pitches and worked hard on her control. Catcher Tess Guttadauro showed great poise and composure, even when catching blistering pitches from Erin Daly. Lisa DeBruzzi, a great natural athlete, looked comfortable and competent wherever Coach Carmel put her. Stephanie Trebino and basketball standout Pami Anderson played solid ball all year and are sharpening their skills, along with DeBruzzi, in the recreation softball league.
A special thanks to our full-time manager, Nikki Reed, for all of her efforts. This outstanding season would not have been possible without Nikki and our wonderful coaches, Mrs. Lynne Carmel and Mrs. Denise Casper. Thank you for all your hard work.
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