WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School girls softball team is looking forward to a strong season, punctuated by team of co-captains that have played together since elementary school and want to see a Colonial Division championship and a trip to the states.
The weather impacted the spring sports schedules across the state, and the West Orange girls were not able to hold an outdoor practice until April 12. But with a 3-0 record in league play and a 5-3 record overall, the girls are on their way.
“We have a very experienced team,” said head coach Joel Troast. “Last year, all seven starters got varsity letters. There are high expectations for this season.”
This year’s co-captains are Nahtali Simpson (shortstop), Meghan White (centerfield), Danielle Fastiggi (second base) and Siena Pizzano (third base). Ten seniors are on this year’s team, and Coach Troast reminds them that they have to remain competitive to get playing time.
“Our greatest strength is our sense of teamwork and our friendships with one another,” said Fastiggi.
“We’ve all played together for years, even in Summer Leagues,” said Pizzano.
“Probably our weakness is that we’re too critical of ourselves,” said Simpson. “We want to do everything perfectly.”
White noted that one up-and-coming player is sophomore Sophia Scholz, who had a strong freshman year and is an all-around player, she said.
Troast added that players to watch include junior Nyah Harper (pitcher), senior Isa Oden, junior Andreyah Ageday and junior Erin Vermeal.
“Last year we won our first County game and this year we want to better that and the girls are very committed to the game,” said Troast, who attributes the losses to lack of playing time due to weather. “We have the skills and we just need to get out there and come together.”
View the girls softball schedule here and be sure to check back for any changes.