Friday, June 4, 2010
Girls varsity softball team heading to MIAA State tournament
The Girls’ Concord-Carlisle softball team heads into the post-season tournament with an outstanding record of 19 wins and only one loss against Gardner, last year’s Division 1 State Championship runner-up. Senior Eri Pernice started on varsity in right field. Senior Captain Georgia Guttadaro started at first base and also occasionally pitched and played outfield. Junior Monica Dierks started at third base and played back-up catcher. Junior Shannon Laughlin contributed as a pitcher and also played back-up first base. Sophomore Margaret Perko played outfield and was a base runner. Freshman Belle Hankey also played in the outfield and was a base runner, playing part-time on varsity and part-time on junior varsity.
Captain Guttadaro recognizes the team’s defense as one of its many strengths. They have focused on bringing intensity to every game throughout the season. The game against Gardner, their first and only loss, was particularly valuable to the team because “it made us realize that we need to be able to score runs even if we have to manufacture a run somehow” says Guttadauro.
Maintaining this intensity will be the key to success in the state tournament, as last year the team lost in extra innings in the semi-finals to the eventual state champion. The team enters the tournament seeded second with its first game scheduled to be played Saturday at 5 p.m. at CCHS against the winner of the Masconomet vs. Woburn game.
Much of the team’s success this season can be attributed to the coaching staff and head coach Lisa McGloin. Coach McGloin recognizes this year’s team as “a team that was not afraid to come from behind to earn the win.” She credits players’ flexibility as a factor in the team’s success. “A lot of people played out of position to provide the strength in coverage that we needed in order to remain competitive. I had full participation from my starters and my bench throughout the season.” Next year will be a building year for the team because of the loss of seven varsity seniors. Still, with an outstanding returning pitcher and strong coaching, the team will hopefully be able to attain equal success. ∆
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