BLOOMFIELD, NJ--Senior Day during a 'normal' high school softball season usually occurs in early to mid May. It generally encompasses a small ceremony before the start of a game, and then, afterward, the players will join their parents and coaches for additional pictures. The seniors are usually presented flowers, and it's always a good time.
Welcome to the spring of 2020, where nothing seemed to make sense. But on June 22, it was good to see the Bloomfield High Bengals softball team, back on its home field, at Clark's Pond.
And while the team wasn't there for a game, the players did wear some softball attire and stood with their parents as flowers were presented. A nice turnout of family was also on hand, practicing social distancing, along with face coverings.
Bloomfield coach Bob Mayer led the way, presenting each senior with a nice award, and sharing some memories of those players.
It certainly wasn't the season the team had for, especially the seniors.
"Obviously, we were excited about the season and wanted these seniors to enjoy it," said Mayer. "Our captains were wonderful, all season long. Anything I needed done, they did it without question. They're just wonderful kids."
The seniors included team captains Mia Lopez, Lexi Corio and Katie Bretz along with Destiny Lopez, Jordyn Abplanalp, Megan Carter, Christa Wolf and Haley Myslinski.
According to Mayer, Mia Lopez, the team's second baseman, will be attending Rutgers University, in Newark, this fall and hopes to continue playing softball on the collegiate level. Corio, Bloomfield's starting pitcher since 2017, will attend William Paterson University, where she'll play softball. Bretz, a shortstop, will also play in college, at Salisbury University, in Maryland. (Read more about Bretz here. https://www.tapinto.net/towns/bloomfield/sections/sports/articles/bloomfield-high-s-multi-talented-katie-bretz-keeping-a-positive-attitude-about-the-2020-softball-season
Bretz and Corio both played three sports at BHS. In the fall, they were on the volleyball squad and in the winter, the BHS swim team.
Carter was probably the fastest player on the team. She will study at Montclair State, starting this fall, and focus on a career in Nursing.
Abplanalp comes from an athletic family. Her older brother, Ed, was a standout for the Bengals while a younger brother, Charles, is currently a multi-sport athlete at BHS.
"Jordyn was a pitcher, outfielder and first baseman for us," said Mayer. "She'll be attending William Paterson this fall."
Destiny Lopez has done an excellent job as the team's left fielder and third baseman.
Wolf, who will attend Marshall University in West Virginia, is an excellent student. Myslinski, the team's catcher, was also a solid contributor to the program. She will study interior design.
It could have been a melancholy night, but it turned out pretty well.
"We did it," said Joe Corio, Lexi's dad and someone who has contributed to the program for many years. "I feel so badly for these kids, but they hung in there, and there's good things ahead for them."
"For eight straight years, we had a Corio on our team," said Mayer, referring to Lexi and older sister, Samantha. "Again, I have to congratulate all of our captains. Katie Bretz, Lexi and Mia Lopez, all did a great job."