SPORTS: Young, Talented Softball Team Has Lofty Expectations
By Darby Hudd – Sports Editor
The Jonathan Law softball team has its sights set on a return to postseason play.
Coming off a second round loss in the state tournament to Sacred Heart, the Lady Lawmen are determined to make it further this year.
“We try to take one thing at a time yearly here,” head coach Ms. Paolini said. “Goal 1 would be to qualify for states and SCC tournament (winning Hammonasset back to back) and after that we would like to make a run deep into the tournaments, possibly winning.”
After the first week of the season, the team is 2-1, including a dramatic walk-off win over rival Foran on April 11.
The team’s captains this year are Justine Bannon, Aubrey Bepko, Amanda Leone and Gege Romero.
“The four of them work really well together and their focus is on team bonding and ultimately, winning,” Paolini said. “They lead by example with how they treat each other and how hard they work. They are all great examples and with a close knit team, anything is possible.”
Even though the team lost four key players last year, the incoming underclassmen will be able to fill those holes. Junior Erin Saley and sophomore Maddie Murphy will also be key contributors.
“Our team this year is pretty young, but I think we have great players filling in their positions,” Leone said. “We have a new lineup. I believe we are stronger than ever and we are always going to do our best in every game we play.”
Against Foran, the Lady Lawmen held a bake sale and all the proceeds went to the Maren Sanchez Memorial Fund. The team will also be having a Breast Cancer Awareness game against Guilford on April 22.
Looking ahead, Law’s Senior Day will be held on May 18 against Sheehan at 4 p.m.
“Its bittersweet playing as a senior,” Bepko said. “It’s hard to think this is the end of my Law softball career but I know myself along with the other seniors are making the most of our last year.”
Bannon has one individual goal as well.
“My goal as a senior this year is to hit a home run,” Bannon said.