New Providence Softball Enters 2014 Season with Small, Young Team

New Providence junior Kelsey Quinn Credits: Alli Lamhing
New Providence sophomore catcher Tori Fusco Credits: Alli Lamhing
New Providence junior Skylar Brechbiel Credits: Alli Lamhing
New Providence senior captain Colleen Coleman Credits: Alli Lamhing

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – With only 15 players on its roster, the New Providence varsity softball team will face several changes this season.

“When we step on the field, we’re working to get better and making tiny improvements every day,” said head coach Jill Fischman. “ We’re going to compete and do whatever it takes to get wins. Losing eight seniors, we need to make sure what we’re doing and take baby steps forward every day.”

Aside from losing eight seniors and having 15 players, Fischman will need her nine best players on the field at all times. Junior Kelsey Quinn will also be moving from first base to pitcher for the first time in her softball career.

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Captain Colleen Coleman is also the only senior on the team and will be providing leadership to underclassmen.

“I think we’re going to have a great season,” Coleman said. “A lot of our seniors graduated and we have a lot of freshmen on our team. If we work our hardest, I think we will have a successful season.”

Key players to watch for are freshman starter Ally Wagner, sophomores Elizabeth Mohan and Tori Fusco, and juniors Kelsey Quinn and Erica Boyd.

There are no easy games in the Union County Conference this season. In order to get wins against schools such as Governor Livingston and Westfield, the Pioneers must put in their best effort every game.

The Pioneers have opened their season 2-1, with victories over Cranford and Elizabeth. Their lone loss came at the hands of rival Gov. Livingston.


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