RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph softball team compiled a record of 15-7 in the 2017 season, finishing with their best performance since 2011. With a strong core of returning starters on the squad this spring, the Lady Rams hope to make even more noise in their 2018 campaign.
“I feel really good about our team this year, we have a lot of returning starters and everyone has been working very hard at getting prepared for the season,” said Rams Captain Jen Iantosca. “Hopefully we get off to a good start and begin building confidence early on.”
Having only lost two key starters to graduation last season, the Lady Rams certainly will not be short on experience, and coach Ashley Kanya expects that to show this season, especially defensively.
Some of the returning varsity players include Sophomores Amanda Flynn, pitcher/infield and Emily Spingarn, pitcher/1st base, Juniors Olivia Meyers, Outfield, Lindsay Danias, 1st base, Alexis Kemp, SS, Courtney Downtain, 3rd base, and Mailynn Soto, 2nd base.
Rounding out that group is Iantosca who will be the teams primary Catcher, and fellow senior Michelle McMillan. When asked about McMillan, a senior outfielder, Kanya said she is a player to “keep an eye on this year,” and has already committed to play in college at St. Joes.
Kanya also named Katie Oh, a sophomore outfielder, and Alexis Shaunessy, a freshman Catcher/Utility player as key newcomers to her squad this season.
But no matter what grade each player is in, the team as a whole tries to resonate a message of unity and togetherness.
“Coach talks a lot about family, and how we are all on the same team and by working together and taking care of each other we will win,” said Iantosca. “It's picking someone up when they're down, or applauding their successes; we are one team from freshman to seniors, it doesn’t matter what year you are or what position you play.”
On the mound, the Lady Rams have a trio of arms to turn to during the season, each with different pitching strengths. Kanya called Amanda Flynn and Emily Spingarn “quite solid 1-2 punch when they are on.” Emily Cohen will also work into the mix along the way.
“Our goal is to continue to play hard and have a strong showing in both the conference, counties and states,” said Kanya. “It will be great to see what this group will bring to the table as now most of them having been playing at this level and together for the past two years.”
The Lady Rams open the season on Tuesday April 2, on the road at Sparta.