RANDOLPH, NJ- Entering her third season at the helm of the Lady Rams Softball team, head coach Ashley Kanya is spending her spring preparing a young squad for the upcoming varsity season.
“I am pretty sure we will turn some heads as we have such a young team,” said Kanya. “We look to have at least three or four freshman / sophomores start in our lineup.”
Having lost some “core” seniors to graduation, Kanya has what she refers to as a “Young but fierce team.”
One major void the team will need to fill will be on the mound, which used to be manned by the Lady Rams star pitcher Kelly O’Neill, who has since graduated.
Kristen Lindquist, a junior who threw some innings last year as a sophomore, will be looked at as a player to step into that role.
The Lady Rams look to be competitive, and will draw leadership from their two senior captains. Rose Bolinder, the teams’ DH, was First Team All-Conference last season while Rachel Fennell, a returning starter behind the plate at the catcher spot, will play an important role in helping the young pitchers and infielders adapt to the varsity game.
Kanya is excited about what she sees out of her squad so far, stating, “We have some great young players bringing a lot of enthusiasm and power to our lineup,” said Kanya. “We look to be strong in all areas, as long as the ‘right team’ shows up.”
Part of that ‘right team’ means getting contributions from a trio of juniors, Amanda Downtain, (OF) Emily Levitt, (OF) and Rachel Levitt, (OF), who look to make up the teams outfield. All three are returning varsity players who spent time starting as sophomores and will play key roles on this years’ team.
Some of the younger newcomers who will need to grow up fast on the field are Lindsay Danias (1B), Jennifer Iantosca (3B), Michelle McMillan (OF), Alexis Kemp (SS), Mailynn Soto (INF), and Courtney Downtain (INF)
The Lady Rams went to battle with Mendham and came out victorious in their first game on Thursday April 1, by a score of 2-1.
Lindquist took the mound and paced her team to the win by tossing a complete game, scattering 6 hits and 6 strikeouts over 7 innings.
Team captains Rachel Fennell ( 2 doubles ) and Rose Bolinder ( 2 singles ) paced Randolph at the plate, along with Michelle McMillian who recorded an RBI single.
The girls next game is away at Morris Knolls, April 4.