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The Suburbanite
  • Springfield softball aims for lofty goals

  • The Springfield Spartans finished the 2011 softball season with high hopes. This year, they’re higher. The Spartans return all but one player and have two elite pitchers.

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  • The Springfield Spartans finished the 2011 softball season with high hopes. This year, they’re higher. The Spartans return all but one player and have two elite pitchers.
    “We’re solid in every position,” head coach Roger Errington said.
    The Spartans are solid in the most important defensive position - pitcher. The duo of senior Gabby Lessak and junior Quartni Whited will lead the Spartans. Lessak was named to 1st Team All-Portage Trail Conference  her freshman and sophomore seasons. Last year, she was named to the PTC Second Team, as Whited beat her out for the honor.
    “Whited is a great power pitcher, and she led the team last year in homeruns,” Errington said. “Lessak is a great pitcher with good movement.”
    Sophomore Kassy Flores will catch for the Spartans. Flores was named 1st Team All-PTC last year as a freshman. Senior Paige Kitchen will split some time as catcher, and also play third base.
    Junior Lydia Sanner will play third base as well. Sanner bats fourth, and “really hits the ball hard,” Errington said. “She’s a super athlete and a great ball player.”
    Opposite Kitchen and Sanner is one of the team’s premier batters, junior first baseman Sarah Stubbs. Stubbs is “batting close to .700 right now, probably,”
    Errington said. She was named First Team All-PTC last season, and had a walk-off hit to help the Spartans beat Northwest Wednesday.
    Junior Marisa Lucco will play second base. “She does a nice job,” Errington said. “She hustles and she works very hard.”
    Freshman Laura Stubbs will round out the infield at shortstop.
    “She’s done a good job defensively, and her hitting has come a long way,” Errington said. “She’s batting around .300 to .350.”
    Deanna Cole plays centerfield and bats leadoff.
    “She’s very fast,” Errington said. “She’s a great ball player, and does a nice job in the outfield.”
    Cole will be flanked by Alexis Slider and Genny Pratt. Senior McKenzie Hedrick will also play in the outfield.
    The Spartans started off the season 3-2, with two close losses to Lake. They had two big wins over Streetsboro this week, scoring more than 30 runs in the games. The Spartans used Stubbs’ walk-off to beat Northwest 4-3 for their third win Wednesday.
    “We want to get better each game,” Errington said.
    But that doesn’t mean the schedule will get any easier.
    “The PTC is very, very competitive this year.”
    Errington said he considers Field and Kent Roosevelt the league’s front-runners, along with the Spartans and Crestwood.
    “But Coventry is very good and Norton is tough,” he said. “Everyone has a good shot.”
    “We’re trying to take it as two seasons,” Errington said. “First is our league, and our goal is 14-0 in the league. And we play some pretty brutal non-league games.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The Spartans will round out the season in a different district tournament. Last season, after winning the PTC championship, the Spartans won their first district game before losing 3-0 to Alliance in the district semifinal.