BLOOMFIELD, NJ--April has gone by with no NJSIAA athletic events. And now, with May beginning, the calendar is starting to shrink, as far as the possibility of teams playing this spring.
Nevertheless, Bloomfield High softball coach Bob Mayer is still hoping there could be some games that his team will play, perhaps over a five or six week period.
"Each week that goes by," said Mayer. "It gets tougher. But no one is giving up."
The focus for most coaches goes to the senior base of the respective team, and Mayer admits this group of upperclassmen are special.
"The main thing is, they're really good kids," said Mayer of his eight seniors. "They've always been enjoyable to coach, and just be around, in a team setting. As an elementary school teacher (in Bloomfield), I've known some of them since kindergarten. I really hope they'll get the chance to play this spring, but I also know they're going to do well in whatever they pursue following high school."
The Bloomfield softball twitter page has been celebrating the senior players, and that seems a good idea for this feature.
The seniors are 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.
Megan Carter may be the fastest player on the team.
"Megan plays centerfield for us," said Mayer. "I"m just glad she didn't go out for track. She has excellent speed and loves to play the game. She's part of a really close family. Megan will attend Montclair State this fall."
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 is 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 Virgina, is an excellent student. She's scheduled to pitch and play right field for the Bengals.
Myslinski, the team's catcher, has also been a solid contributor to the program. She will study interior design and is still making a final decision on college.
"Great kids," reiterated Mayer. "I really appreciate everything they've done for the program."