April 22 Whitehall
April 24 Corinth
April 26 @Warrensburg
April 27 Loudonville-Christian
April 29 @Fort Ann
May 1 @Corinth
May 3 Hadley/Luzerne
May 6 Fort Edward
May 8 North Warren
May 10 @Lake George
May 11 @Warrensburg
May 13 Tournament @Argyle
The Bolton Eagles Varsity softball team may have a lot of young players, but their youth is offset by a dedication to the sport and a will to win, new Varsity Coach Kristen DePace said this week. DePace was a three-sport athlete who graduated from Bolton Central in 2001.
That’s not the full story about this squad, however. DePace’s guarded optimism about the team’s 2013 season may be a matter of modesty — her team is loaded with area all-star athletes, awarded for substantial accomplishments in soccer and other sports.
This talented lineup will offset the loss to graduation of stellar pitcher Tori Persons and her athletic teammates Rosie Denne and Marie DeLorenzo.
The Eagles secret weapon this year may be senior Maddy Wilson, who’s been sidelined from softball for a few years due to injuries. She’s the lead pitcher, backed up on the mound by sophomore Olivia Seamans.
DePace described Seamans as versatile and having a strong bat.
“Olivia can be placed anywhere she is needed on the field,” the coach said. “And Maddy is looking strong so far.”
Anchoring the team will be sophomore Sarah Calzada, serving her third year as varsity catcher. DePace said Sarah is a smart player, who’s quick to the ball, making a lot of key plays.
“Sarah is dangerous behind the plate,” DePace said, noting that Sarah was drafted for varsity years ago as an eighth grader.
Kim Wright, a junior, is a versatile player with a strong, accurate throw. A good hitter, she’s slated to be lead-off batter and covering second base. She demonstrated her role as an offensive threat in the April 10 game versus North Warren, in which she went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs.
“Kim is quick and agile, and will be a strong part of our infield,” DePace said.
Abbie Seamans, the team’s sole 8th grader, is already proving her worth to the team. Against North Warren, she was 3 for 6 with 2 RBIs, DePace observed.
“Abbie is a very fast base runner, and she’s versatile,” DePace said, noting that she is now on duty at shortstop, but is also the team’s backup catcher.
Kaitlin Urtz, a sophomore who transfered in from North Warren, is a valuable addition to the team, DePace said, noting she has a strong throw and is stationed at third base.
They’re joined by solid athletes Olivia Clesceri, a junior at first base; senior Sydney LaPan at center field; and ninth graders Caroline Clesceri and Lindsay Markham in right field.
DePace said she had high expectations for the team.
“They’re very hard workers, they’re optimistic and they try hard no matter what,” she said. “The players have a positive attitude, they encourage each other — It’s a very good mix.”