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Mount softball fields seasoned roster

With a 7-7 record in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies last spring, Mount St. Joseph Academy’s softball team missed the league tourney by one place in the rankings, but the 2009 Magic feel they can earn a playoff berth this spring as all but three of last year’s varsity players are back in action.

Although they didn’t open up with a “W,” the Mount gave 2008 runner-up and perennial AACA power St. Basil’s a tough game last Tuesday, when the host Panthers scored in the bottom of the sixth inning to claim a 3-2 victory. Another Mountie road trip was scheduled for Thursday, but that bout at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy had to be postponed due to rain.

The members of the Mount’s starting battery from last year have graduated, and juniors Alyssa Drummy and Catherine Brown have stepped onto the mound and behind the plate, respectively. The two backup hurlers, senior Casey Interrante and junior Katie Fellmeth, can both serve as first basemen as well, and Interrante may also see action as the DP (designated player) in the lineup.

Rounding out the infield are junior Liz Tucker at second base, senior Amanda McKenna at third, and fellow upperclassman Danielle Luskin at shortstop. (Luskin had to miss the St. Basil game last week and junior Shannon Gilman started at short.) Gilman has moved up from the 2008 junior varsity squad, as have junior infielders Rachel Mignogna and Mary Kate Steinmetz.

Around the all-senior outfield we find Melissa Waters in left, Meg Rothwell in center, and Christy Menkhaus in right field . All were varsity players last season, as was current junior Maureen McLaughlin.

At Basil’s last Tuesday the Panthers scored a run in each of the first two frames, then held the resulting 2-0 lead through the fifth inning. MSJ’s Brown (who was 2-for-3 in the game) began the top of the sixth with a single up the middle, and after a fly-out, a walk drawn by Drummy put Magic runners on first and second. Fellmeth grounded out but moved the runners to second and third, and they both scored on a double by Waters that streaked a few feet inside of the right-field line.

The Panthers produced a run in the bottom half to regain the lead, and neither team scored in the seventh. St. Basil out-hit the Magic 6-4 for the afternoon, and on the Mount mound Drummy finished up with seven strikeouts while yielding two bases on balls.

Matt Cronin is back for a third season as MSJ skipper, but his erstwhile colleague Chuck Wallace lit out for parts unknown (actually, Washington State). Last year’s JV head coach, Vince Martel, has now come up to work with Cronin at the varsity level.