HARVARD – Bromfield softball has struggled in recent seasons, but veteran Bromfield softball coach Sue Silver looks to climb the MidWach D ladder with a squad which combines key returnees and impressive newcomers. The Lady Trojans have been working hard in the pre-season and have a chance to take a step forward.
“I am optimistic about us improving this season,” said Silver. “We have a good amount of experience as we had no seniors on the team last year. The kids have a great attitude and are working hard. I like the leadership on the team, and I also like the three solid freshmen who have been added. Those three have shown a lot of talent and focus and could have an impact.”
Bromfield will have experience on the mound as sophomore Casey Silver returns for a third season.
“Casey is competitive and is a very well-rounded player,” said coach Silver. “She is a smart player, works hard and is a line drive hitter with some pop, who will hit in the middle of our lineup.”
Senior captain Rachel Malley will return as the starter behind the plate.
“Rachel is solid defensively and has a strong arm,” said Silver. “She is very versatile , is a line drive switch-hitter and will bat in the middle of the lineup.”
Three of the four starting infield berths have been determined as senior captain Emily McDonnell will be at first base, junior Derrin Jarvis will be the shortstop, and junior Kate Barry will start at third.
“Emily is a strong defensively player and a big target,” said Silver. “She is an excellent role model for the younger kids on the team. Derrin is competitive, aggressive and hard-nosed, and has a strong arm. Offensively, she has good power and will be in the middle of the lineup. Kate is experience and really knows the game. She plays during the summer and the ball really jumps off her bat.”
The starting berth at second base is up for grabs between junior Julie Brindisi and sophomore Victoria Hawkes.
“Julie has a very good arm and is stronger this season,” said Silver. “Her hitting is improved this year. Victoria is another player who has improved this season and she is much more focused.”
Two starting berths in the outfield are certain as senior captain Elizabeth Hawkes will be in center field, while junior Katie Croyle will be in left field.
“Elizabeth gives us a lot of experience, hustle and has a lot of range defensively,” said Silver. “Katie is coachable and has good range defensively. Offensively, she hits the ball hard and could bat fourth.”
A trio of freshmen have been impressive as Emily Reedich and Kelly Thurston are competing for the starting right field position, while Elise Fleming is a back-up catcher who is pushing for time.
“Emily is athletic, left-handed and has a strong arm,” said Silver. “Kelly is strong and hits the ball hard. She is versatile enough to play both the infield and the outfield and is very athletic. Elise is aggressive, fundamentally sound and blocks the ball well. She is aggressive offensive and takes her cuts.”
Sophomore Annika Mitchell is also competing for the starting right field job.
“Annika has improved in all aspects,” said Silver. “She works hard and listens and learns.”
Players looking to create a niche on this year’s team include sophomore outfielders Erica Adelson, Maria Vasta and Carissa Lavallee.
“Erica and Maria are coachable and hard-working kids who are willing to do anything to help,” said Silver.
With the fortunes of the program, the key to the season is obvious.
“The key is getting off to a good start to help build some confidence,” said Silver. “My concerns heading into the season are establishing a winning attitude and the tough league we play in. This is a very enjoyable group to coach and I am optimistic.”