YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown comes off a successful season last spring, going 15-7, losing as the No. 3 seed to visiting No. 6 Mamaroneck 6-5 in the Section 1 Class AA quarterfinals.
Second-year Husker coach Ryan Iamurri loves her team’s returning talent, depth and overall chemistry.
“I have 10 returning varsity players who all gained tremendous experience last year,” Iamurri said. “I am very excited because it just seems like we’re all having fun. Our chemistry is unreal this year.”
Iamurri feels that with a year under her belt, things are running much smoother for her and assistant coach Ashley Spina.
“It makes it very easy when you’re coaching a bunch of good players too, who buy in and trust you,” Iamurri said. “Many of these girls did an off-season strength training program and I honestly think we have 10 who can put the ball over the fence.”
Returning from a squad that hit 25 home runs last season are three seniors, third baseman Brittany Giordano (Post University); second baseman/outfielder Maddy Wrubel (SUNY Oswego); and Victoria Belliveau (outfield), along with six juniors Courtney Cardea (catcher), Angie Serrano (infield); Reilly Koch (utility); Erin Gray (first base/outfield); Erica Salveggi (pitcher); and Brianna Buck (utility). Sophomore Sam Riccardulli is another returning player in the outfield.
Of that group, Salveggi gives Yorktown a pitcher who has stamina, confidence and ball movement.
“We have 10 returners who are all honestly key in returning,” said Iamurri, whose team is scheduled to open the season 4:15 p.m., Monday, April 3, at Fox Lane.
Yorktown will also rely on talented newcomers in sophomores Christina Ruvo (pitcher), Juliana Piehler (utility) and Julianne Straus (outfield), and freshman Kaitlyn Bennett (outfield).
“Ashley and I really feel like our goal this year is to keep building on the culture we began creating in our first year,” Iamurri said. “We have a bunch of highly competitive girls with a lot of grit and if we continue channeling that effort into the correct things and not letting the little things distract us, we will be fine. It’s very hard to get a team of great players on this same page and to keep the end goal of team success before personal success. But this team seems to be taking to it very quickly.”