March 29, 2006
Baymen Are Contenders Once Again
Regardless of how well a team can hit, field, and throw the ball, there is one ingredient that is always required in order for a team to have success: strong pitching.
Fortunately for the Hampton Bays softball team, it will have a superb pitcher returning in the form of senior Alyssa Lanino.
Lanino was robbed of her junior season last year after suffering a broken wrist and although the since graduated Sara Grube provided some terrific starts in her absence, the Lady Baymen, one of the most successful softball programs in Suffolk County, struggled to an 11-10 overall record. Junior Marian Leeman and sophomore Sami Krantz, who also plays infield, are both capable of taking over the pitching duties if called upon.
Sophomore catcher Kenzie Maloney is a strong hitter and a terrific fielder who earned the League VII Rookie of the Year award as a freshman last season, showcasing arguably the best throwing arm in the league.
Sophomore infielder Genna Kovar, an All-League selection last year, is a solid all-around player and senior right fielder Sarah Merritt, who had several impressive performances at the plate last season including a three-hit game at Southampton, swings the bat as well as anyone on the team.
Junior Jamie Small is a versatile player, capable of excelling in both the outfield and infield while hard hitting senior Jessica Chavarria returns after spending 2005 in Costa Rica. Sophomore Serina Booth and junior Erica Dubowski will each see starts at several different positions during the Lady Baymen's season which starts today at Mt. Sinai (3:45 p.m.).
Hampton Bays' first home game takes place next Tuesday when it hosts Southampton at 4 p.m.