March 29, 2006
Two Arms Lead Westhampton Softballers
Freshman Alyssa Clancy and sophomore Stephanie DiCapua give the Westhampton (5-13 in 2005) softball team two bright young pitching stars that are capable of leading the Lady Hurricanes to playoff land in the near future.
Clancy was a mesmerizing bat baffler at times last season, compiling a 2-2 record that included a three-hit, 15 strikeout performance against Rocky Point late in the season while DiCapua, an All-League selection, went 4-6 and easily could have had a winning record with a little more run support.
DiCapua also brings a sweet-swinging bat to Westhampton's lineup as does All-County senior catcher Marybeth Dwyer, one of the best run producers last season.
The Hurricanes have another star at a key position in senior shortstop Dana Kuroski, an All-League selection who has started for Westhampton since her freshman season. Third baseman Niki Chiapetta also returns. Senior Jill Tomasullo will see time in the infield.
The team will also see Kim Rannigan, an experienced infielder, switch to centerfield this season. Rannigan had an impressive showing in a recent non-league loss to Mt. Sinai, showing off her power at the plate with an impressive home run.
A handful of players will compete for the corner outfield spots including Rachelle Klug, Laura Worrell, who also plays catcher, Jamie Davidson, Courtney Allan, Brittany Danker, Emily Vallone and Kirsten Peyton. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, they will be without the services of outfielder Heather Simmons this year.
Westhampton looks to start the season on a positive note when it hosts Eastport/South Manor tomorrow at 3:45 p.m.