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The Suburbanite
  • Coventry softball seeks consistency

  •   Consistency is the mantra for Coventry softball entering the 2013 season.

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  •   Consistency is the mantra for Coventry softball entering the 2013 season.
    The Comets return several key pieces from last year’s 14-11-1 squad that won its first tournament game against Portage Trail Conference Metro Division foe Norton before bowing out of the postseason in an extra-inning loss to Fairless. The loss was the team’s second straight defeat at the district level and just missing out on a district title in back-to-back years has Coventry even more motivated this year.
    Head coach Kristen Davis is counting on a steadying presence from seniors Cree Daniels (pitcher), Alyssa Angeletti (outfield), Summer Clark (shortstop) and Alex Miller (first base). Daniels will need to be a dominant No. 1 starter if the Comets will have any hope of bettering their 5-8 league mark from last season. Having Clark and Miller to anchor the infield defense and Angeletti as the centerpiece of the outfield should provide Daniels with the consistent defensive support she needs.
    Davis sees the team’s overall speed as one of its best assets and believes that the biggest factor in its success will be the ability to get runners on base.
    “I believe our strengths will be our pitching, defense, and speed on offense,” Davis said. “As long as we can get runners on base, we should be able to manufacture runs.”
    The third-year head coach is also working to build high expectations for the season and not allow her team to settle for being an above-.500 team.
    “This year, we are really working on playing consistent,” Davis said. “We’ve been working very hard to keep our expectations high during practice, so it will carry over into the games.”
    Along with their quartet of senior leaders, the Comets will also have junior Amber Thacker returning as Daniels’ battery mate behind the plate and sophomores Hannah Hayes (second base/outfield) and Olivia Williamson (third base) are also back after seeing playing time on the varsity squad last season.
    With much of the roster back, the pressure on the Comets’ few newcomers should be relatively small. Sophomore Maddie Labut will split time between catcher and the outfield, while freshman pitcher Katelynn Harrison will spell Daniels on the mound. Senior Niki Zimcosky is in her first year on the varsity roster and will play third base.
    Regardless of which players are filling a given spot on the field, the underlying philosophy remains the same: Error-free softball.
    “Defensively, we are trying hard to play smart ball and have less physical errors by focusing on the basics,” Davis added. “The team has great unity and really support each other, so I’m looking forward to us never playing lower than our level. The girls will keep each other up.”
    Coventry seems set up for more success this season. Davis expects contributions from across the roster and said excitement for the season is high.
    Page 2 of 2 - To find the consistency they seek, the Comets have established several goals for the season and they hope those goals will carry them to a place they have fallen short of the past two seasons: a district championship.
    “The team’s goals for the season are to play smart softball, win every inning, treat every team the same, win districts and continue to have winning seasons,” the third-year head coach said.