Green Wave softball rebounds in style
Coach Holden's diamond crew improves its ledger to 2-4
Now it's simply a matter of keeping a good thing going.
The New Milford High School softball team won for the second time in its last four contests Monday by edging host Oxford, 8-7.
The `W' upgraded the Green Wave's record to 2-4 after opening the season with respective 9-1 and 8-2 defeats to Brookfield and Trumbull.
Coach Eileen Holden's diamond girls slugged host Stratford, 14-4, for their first win on April 9 and then, during a spring break trip to Disney World in Florida, succumbed to cross-state rival Maloney of Meriden, 10-1.
Visiting Bethel also slowed the Green Wave recovery, 8-3, April 21 on the NMHS field (see photos), but the local crew returned to its winning ways Monday vs. Oxford.
Sophomore righthander Brianna Celio struck out five rival batters to help secure the victory.
"The trip to Florida really allowed us to work out some kinks in our defense," reflected coach Holden. "Offense has been the best I have seen in my three years at the program, but we still need to work on minimizing the errors on defense."
The Green Wave was set Wednesday, April 27 to host Kolbe Cathedral at NMHS and will visit Immaculate today (Friday), April 29 in Danbury and Notre Dame tomorrow (Saturday), April 30 in Fairfield.
Photography by Norm Cummings
Coach: Eileen Holden, 3rd season.
2010 record: 7-13.
Losses to graduation: Lauren Beatty (all-SWC pitcher), Sam Celio (all-SWC 1st base), Theresa Legan (all-Colonial Division shortstop), Lindsay Okada (catcher), Shanna Haydu (utility) and Rebecca Reda (outfield).
Losses to injury: Morgan Leheny (pitcher/outfielder, hopefully to return in May), Julianna Fusco (centerfield, return date in question).
2011 captains: Jessica Murphy, Tara Larkin.
Coach's outlook: "This year's varsity team is very young with three freshmen. These three talented players will be placed into key positions in the infield and outfield. Sandra Ristau is returning to the Green Wave infield after being out last season with an injury. Tara Larkin is the only returning infielder from the 2010 team. Jessica Murphy will be taken out from the catching position to fill Julianna Fusco's role in centerfield. Jessica has tremendous speed and leadership and will be an important piece to this year's outfield. Brianna Celio comes up from junior varsity as a sophomore to fill the role of since-graduated Lauren Beatty. Returning players Megan Greiner, Kim Carlson and Vienna Pallisco will add experience on the bases and in the field. We're looking forward to see what Haley Lyon and Lauren MacDonald will also add to this year's varsity team."
Seniors: Morgan Leheny, Haley Lyon, Jessica Murphy, Sandra Ristau.
Juniors: Megan Greiner, Tara Larkin.
Sophomores: Kimberly Carlson, Brianna Celio, Julianna Fusco, Lauren MacDonald, Vienna Pallisco.
Freshmen: Megan Timan, Emilie Zarba.
Eileen Holden (Head Varsity)- 3rd year
Tony Nocera (Assistant Varsity)- 3rd year volunteer
Allison Reinke (JV)- 3rd year program, 1st year JV
Julia Wullen (Freshman)- 1st year
Nicole Tremmel (Assistant)- 3rd year volunteer
Linda Scoralick (Assistant)- 1st year volunteer, 4th year program
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Changes in the original schedule? Brookfield- AWAY April 6th 4pm
Greenwich- Away 5/14 is now at 9:30am
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Ristau, Sandra 12
Greiner, Megan 11
Larkin, Tara 11
Carlson, Kimberly 10
Celio, Brianna 10
Fusco, Julianna 10
MacDonald, Lauren 10
Pallisco, Vienna 10
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Krafick, Kayla 10
Malinowski, Morgan 10
Principi, Keleigh 10
Timan, Megan 9
Zarba, Emilie 9
Artese, Sara 9
Ceconi, Nicoleta 9
Eranko, Shaina 9
Farley, Katie 9
Farrell, Olivia 9
Landry, Denise 9
Leheny, Macie 9
Nusser, Rebecca 9
Skelly, Stephanie 9
Sweeney, Erica 9
Talmadge, Melanie 9
Teplica, Jamie 9