Strong senior class to lead Springfield softball team this season
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield High School softball team’s season will begin April 2 at 4:15 p.m. against Waterloo High School, and head coach Roger Errington said his team is setting some lofty goals this year.
“Our goals are to try to win the league and hopefully get to states,” he said. “But we’re just going to take it one practice, one game at a time. Our league is very strong this year — Kent, Field, Norton, Coventry and Crestwood all have a good chance.”
Last season, Springfield finished 21-7, with a perfect 14-0 mark in the league Portage Trail Conference (PTC) Metro Division.
“We won our league the last two years and finished second in the districts to Hoban,” the coach said.
Errington said his players put in extra work in the offseason in an effort to reach the next level.
“We played in the winter league at the Spano Dome,” he said, “and we’ve worked real hard so far this year, taking one practice at a time and trying to get better with each practice.”
Springfield has five seniors this season, including: first baseman Sarah Stubbs, a three-year starter and a first-team PTC Metro player; third baseman Lydia Sanner, who bats cleanup in the lineup and is also a three-year starter; Brittany Alekna, an outfielder and designated hitter; and pitcher Quartni Whitted, another three-year starter.
Whitted, who was named the PTC Metro Division’s most valuable player last season, led the league in home runs.
“She is just a great pitcher and hitter,” her coach said.
The team’s final senior is three-year starter Marisa Lucco, who Errington said won’t be able to play until mid- to late April.
“This is a very strong senior class — they’re [all about] softball 24-seven,” he stated.
According to Errington, the team’s juniors also will play a big part for the team this season, led by catcher Kassy Flores.
“She bats second in the lineup,” he said. “She’s a great hitter and catcher.”
The team’s other juniors include Mandi Moore, Makayla Pigott, Genny Pratt, Alexis Slider, Chloe Williams and Shyann Powell.
“We are counting on our juniors to help a lot this year,” the coach noted.
Also expected to step up this season, Errington said, are a trio of sophomores: Deanna Cole, a centerfielder and second baseman who bats leadoff for the team; shortstop Laura Stubbs; and pitcher Kennedy Colegrove.
Errington said his team will continue to be strong on the mound this season and should be improved at the plate.
“Our strengths are senior leadership and good pitching and hitting,” he said. “Our pitching is very good. Quartni will do most of our pitching, with Chloe and Kennedy helping out. And I feel our hitting is one of the strong points of our team. We’ve been working very hard to improve.”
This is Errington’s fifth season with Springfield.
“I have a great coaching staff,” he said. “Paris Riddle has been with me every year. He’s a great help. Dan Cole and Doug Whited have been so much help. They really push the kids. And Paula Murphy has been a great help with our pitchers. Our [junior varsity] coach is Alexa McCeaster.”
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