BLOOMFIELD, NJ--While these are certainly challenging times, there is still hope for a spring sports season at Bloomfield High.
The NJSIAA, the governing body for high school sports in New Jersey, had yet to make a final decision on whether scholastic sports can be played this spring, in the wake of the coronavirus.
With that said, the responsibility here is to cover the local teams, and so it's a good time to look at the Bloomfield softball team.
Head coach Bob Mayer has over 500 victories as the team's coach, spanning 30 years. Mayer admits that he's never seen anything like what's happened this spring season, and it's not even spring yet.
"It's been tough," said Mayer. "We had started the season with some good practices (beginning March 6) and were getting ready for our trip to Florida. And then, it happened."
Fifty five players came out for the team. There are three levels, varsity, junior varsity and freshman. The team's coaches are Nicole Pacicco, Bob Armenti and Jen Biggiano.
The team captains are seniors Lexi Corio, Katie Bretz and Mia Lopez. Corio is the starting pitcher, Bretz will play shortstop while Lopez is a second baseman.
Bloomfield also has a senior-laden squad, something which Mayer clearly noted.
"We have so many seniors, and I really want them all to be playing this season," said Mayer. "I'm hoping they get the opportunity. They're great kids and have worked hard for their senior year."
Those seniors also include centerfielder Meg Carter, pitcher/1B/outfielder Jordyn Abplanalp, leftfielder Destiny Lopez, pitcher/outfielder Christa Wolf and Haley Myslinski, a pitcher.
The juniors include Amanda Altiery, an outfielder, Jenisse Alvarez, who can play infield, or outfield, and Camila Calderon, a first baseman and outfielder.
Sophomores Olivia Figueroa, Isabella Olaya and Hope Kornstein have also shown a lot of potential on the varsity level, both as outfielders and infielders.