Monessen softball: Things looking up?
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Monessen softball coach Bo Teets knows the warm weather is coming, he also thinks better days are ahead for his program.
And if the start of the season is any indication, Teets my be right.
The Lady Greyhounds own their first two contests of the season, defeating Charleroi, 3-2, and Jeannette, 11-10.
“Our team expectations this year are to continue to the overall development of the program while getting ourselves in position to challenge for a playoff spot,” Teets said. “The keys to achieving those goals will be to play solid defense, eliminate giving extra outs and at-bats to our opponents, solid pitching and timely hitting.”
His team won four games last year, and they return 10 letter winners.
“We were in almost every game we played last year,” Teets said. “Our focus as a team is to make the plays that are necessary to win those types of close games.”
Coming from a Class A school, Teets will have to rely on flexibility with his players.
Seniors who won letters last year include outfielders Delany Dalfonso and Jordan Helmantoler, infielder Alexis Malarbi and third baseman Narissa Parker.
Dalfonso was one of the team's leading hitter a year ago, hitting .412, while Malarbi hit .366.
Juniors returning to the lineup include utility player Eden Holland, infielder Sarah Panicucci, and outfielder Lauren Perry.
A trio of sophomores, shortstop Cara Grogan, pitcher and utility player Taylor Guzzie, and catcher Alexa Vatakis also return to the lineup.
Grogan was an all-section selection as a freshman as she led the team in batting with an average of .417.
Guzzie was Monessen's top pitcher a year ago, but will play a bevy of spots because of her versatility, said Teets.
The Lady Greyhounds will go with a freshman on the mound, Shelby Minardi. Minardi was the winning hurler in both games so far this season and also has been a top hitter with seven hits - five for extra bases - in the two games.
“Taylor will do some pithcing for us, too, but Shelby is going to be one one,” Teets said. “It is nice to have a player like Taylor who can play so many positions and play them well.”
Monessen plays in Section 2 A and is scheduled to visit Frazier today in the section opener at 4 p.m.
Other section foes include California. Jefferson-Morgan, Serra, Carmichaels, Mapletown, and West Greene.
Bill Hughes is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Plum slow-pitch earns sweep in regular-season finale
- BVA’s Parshall gives Penn State a commitment for softball