Frazier softball team poised for stellar season
Frazier softball coach Paul Harvey believes his team is only as good as its worst player.
Based on Harvey's philosophy, the Commodores should be primed for another successful season.
Eight starters return from last season's squad, which advanced to the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals for the third straight year.
“Are we even going to make the playoffs?” Harvey asked. “I don't know. About seven games into the season, I'll be able to tell. If we come out and play like we're capable of playing, we'll be fine. If we come out and fool around, anything can happen.”
Pitcher Andrea Lash has posted a 38-19 record during the past three years. Lash has roughly 330 career strikeouts.
“Andrea may have fewer strikeouts now, but she has more control,” Harvey said.
Lash and fellow seniors Courtney Domonkos, Brittany Strothers and Alexis Livingstone have been fixtures in Frazier's lineup since they earned starting spots as freshmen.
Domonkos will catch; Livingstone and Strothers form the middle infield.
Last season, Lash, Strothers and Livingstone were named to the Class A second-team all-state squad.
Sophomores Paige Holtz and Monica Joseph will see plenty of playing time. Holtz will be at third base, Joseph in center field.
Junior Caitlyn Brown is a returning starter and will join Joseph in the outfield.
“We have a nice mix of girls on the team,” Harvey said. “We're not an old team, and we're not a young team. We're somewhere in the middle.”
Frazier won 12 games last season, including a 3-0 win over Leechburg in the first round of the WPIAL Class A playoffs.
Because of realignment, Frazier is in the highly competitive eight-team Section 2-A, along with California, Carmichaels, Jefferson-Morgan, Mapletown, Monessen, Serra and West Greene. Carmichaels advanced to the WPIAL championship, and six of the section's eight teams qualified for the postseason.
“You have to come to play every game,” Harvey said. “There's not a lot of pressure on me. I can't go out and play. But everybody else looks at this team and thinks they should win. I'm sure there's going to be pressure on the girls. But if they play like they can play, they will be okay.”
Frazier opens the season with an exhibition game at Southmoreland on Friday.
Dave Stofcheck is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.