Junior high softball swings into season

Madison Benton waits for the ball to come her way.  She looks around to make sure her team is ready.  Photo by Sammi Beeler.

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Madison Benton waits for the ball to come her way. She looks around to make sure her team is ready. Photo by Sammi Beeler.

Courtney McCulley moves to get a good position on the field. She moved after a play. Photo by Sammi Beeler.

The softball team swung into action for the first time on April 5, 2013.  This was the first game of the season because all of the other games had been cancelled.  The girls are working hard at practice to prepare.

“We warm up and do mobilities and then we warm up throwing. Then, pitchers and catchers warm up and pitch,” eighth grader Lindsey Fasolo said.

The coach for this team is Aileen Davies.  She is a teacher at Penn Lincoln Elementary School.  She has coached for some time now, and she played in high school and college.

“I have been coaching for three years. I have been an assistant for a travel softball team in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. Also, I have helped coach on a baseball team and local teams in Altoona, Pennsylvania,” Coach Davies said.“I played third base for North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. I also went on to play in college. I played third base at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania.”

The girls have been working hard at practices, and they are becoming very anxious for their upcoming games.  Coach Davies is also looking forward to the season.

“I am really excited to play some games. First, I am excited because with all this snow I am ready to get outside. Also, I feel like we have great talent, and I am excited to see the team in action,” Coach Davies said.

 The team is split into varsity and junior varsity just like in many other sports.  The varsity team is 0-6, and the junior varsity is also 0-6.

“I’m looking forward for the games because I will either be starting pitcher or back up pitcher.  We haven’t played yet because of the snow, so we are all anxious to get onto the field,” Fasolo said.

Along with the eighth graders, there are are many seventh graders that make the team whole.  They all have a variety of positions, but they come together as a whole to play the game.

Fasolo is a pitcher, Molly Edelblute is a catcher, Laighla Wisor is a center and Dayton Grassmyer is outfield left.

The other seventh grade players are Madison Benton, Kayley Burke, Cera Campbell, Jendy Forshey, Kaitlyn Gibson, Courtney McCulley, Jordan Merritts, McKenna Quinn, Makena Tragon, Paige Wagner and Jenifer Worley.

The other eighth grade players are Miranda Amick, Sierra Bettwy, Mackenna Daniel, Alex Evans, Montana Feathers, Alicia Friendenberger, Gabriella Hoover, Kylie Kane, Alissa James, Madison James, Caitlyn Palizzi, Claire Steinbugl and Alexa Young.

The manager for the team is Miranda Peznola.