WARRENSBURG - Softball has a deep history at Warrensburg.
Back in the early- to mid-1990s, it was Warrensburg that raised softball standards in the region with Sara Rumrill's torrid pitching - speed, precision and throwing mechanics that prompted other teams to send their pitchers off to training camps.
Rumrill and her catcher Kim Lamy smashed school records, inspired teammates and raised expectations of players that have followed, both in the school and the region.
Since those three successive years fighting to attain the status of New York State finalist, Warrensburg has maintained, under the mentorship of veteran coach Mary ann Bump, a hard-driving, aggressive brand of softball that's become a Burgher trademark.
Whether staffed with great talent or good talent, Bump manages to inspire each year's squad to accomplish lofty goals - while having fun.
Last year's team wasn't expected to go far, but they ended up surpassing expectations with a 10-4 league record.
This year's team features a core group that are all-season, stellar athletes - seniors Mercedes Maltbie, Carol White, and Acacia Ladd-Cocca joined by junior Abby Roth - all with good instincts and competitive drive.
On the mound this year will be junior Rachel Simkins, who has good accuracy and consistency, Bump said.
"We've got a well-rounded group this year," she said, running through her roster and praising each one.
Graduation of 2008 seniors has meant rebuilding the infield with new personnel behind the plate and on first and third base.
Beyond the core group, there's talent - and that talent proved its worth April 10.
In a game versus Salem, Warrensburg's core group was on spring break already -along with about half the team - but despite this handicap, the team pulled off a 9-5 win with the help of some junior varsity substitutes.
In the game, Simkins hit a triple, Kuklinski and Fish scored doubles, and Holly Gheen hit some critical RBIs, Bump said.
"Holly is a great contact hitter, a legitimate slugger," she said.
If they continue to summon that traditional Burgher will-to-win, the 2009 squad can be a strong contender this year, Bump said.
"While I think solid defense will be key to success, I believe we'll surprise a few people with our bats," she said.
Burghers Varsity Softball Roster:
Kirsten Bentham Jr. Utility
Hayley Correia Jr. IF
Katarina Edwards Sr. Utility
Sabrina Fish Jr. Utility
Bianca Fuller Jr. Utility
Holly Gheen Jr. Utility
Kate Kuklinski So. Utility
Acacia Ladd-Cocca Sr. Utility
Mercedes Maltbie Sr. SS/P
Abby Roth Jr. C
Rachel Simkins Jr. P
Ashley Trapasso Jr. Utility
Carol White Sr. IF
Coach: Mary ann Bump
Warrensburg Varsity Softball Schedule
April 22 North Warren Home 4:15
April 24 Fort Edward Home 4:15
April 27 Hadley-Luzerne Home 4:15
April 29 Lake George Away 4:15
May 1 Hartford Central Home 4:15
May 4 Corinth Home 4:15
May 6 No.Warren Away 4:15
May 8 Whitehall Central Home 4:15
May 9 WCS TourneWbgRec 10 a.m./1pm
May 11 Hadley-Luzerne Away 4:15
May 15 Argyle Central Home 4:15
May 18 Lake George Home 4:15
May 20 Corinth Central Away 4:15