Seton-La Salle softball lineup bolstered by returning starters
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Head coach Jay Krull welcomed back five returning starters at the start of preseason practice for the Seton-La Salle softball team.
All five are integral to the defending section champion's plans for this season.
They are Taylor Mercurio, a senior shortstop/third baseman/outfielder; Lauren Zola, a junior pitcher; Dani Dadig, a junior center fielder; Kaylee Boehme, a junior shortstop/outfielder; and Lexi Mercuri, a sophomore second baseman.
“We have high expectations,” Krull said. “We want to have a strong showing during section play, and definitely a longer playoff run. We're looking to be a more complete team.”
The Lady Rebels actually have enjoyed sensational success in Section 1-AA over the past three seasons.
Seton-La Salle has won the past three section championships, and has lost only one section game in that span.
Seton was perfect in league play, at 10-0 and 14-0, the past two years, preceded by a 13-1 slate in 2011.
The Lady Rebels have compiled a 40-3 regular-season record over the past three seasons, with two winning streaks of 11 games and another that extended through 14 contests.
Overall, Seton-La Salle is 42-6 since the 2011 campaign, including last year's 12-2 overall mark, and has advanced to the second round of the WPIAL playoffs twice, and to the first round once.
“We have a good mix of upperclassman and underclassman; it's a dynamic group,” Krull said. “After last season, I think the team is motivated. They have been leaders on and off the field.
“It's great group of young ladies with a lot of character; they never quit.”
Taylor Mercurio had a monster year offensively batting in the leadoff position for the Lady Rebels last season.
Mercurio hit .560, with a team-high five doubles, two triples, one home run and 14 runs batted in.
She also led the club in hits, with 28 in a team-leading 50 at-bats; runs scored, with 20; and stolen bases, with 15.
“Taylor is a lefty slapper who (was) a very tough out as our leadoff hitter,” Krull said. “She's also solid in the field.”
Zola, a right-handed hurler and third-year starter on the mound, compiled a 12-2 record in 2013, with seven shutouts and 150 strikeouts. She has posted a 27-4 overall record the past two years.
Zola hit .413 last season, as did Dadig, who led the club in doubles, with six; and also clouted one home run to go along with 14 RBIs.
Along with Taylor Mercurio, Cleo Helton and Danielle Merlina bring a veteran presence and senior leadership to this year's team.
Two other junior team members are Tomasina Arrigo and Amanda Jeziorski.
Along with Lexi Mercurio, sophomores looking to make an impact in 2014 are catcher Alyssa Miller, outfielders Kelsie Klein and Liv Matvey, third baseman/designated hitter Annie Borofski, Katie Smith and Kiersten Swanson.
Top freshman prospects at the varsity level include Julie Curry, Emilee Mazza and Inga Haser.
“Julie should contributed immediately,” Krull said.
Seton-La Salle outscored the opposition by a 110-16 overall margin during the 2013 regular season, averaging 8.5 runs per contest.
The Lady Rebels fell to Beaver, 10-3, in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.
“We had a very good regular season, and a little disappointing playoff game,” Krull said.
Seton-La Salle took first place in Section 1-AA last year, followed by Keystone Oaks, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Carlynton, Avonworth and Quaker Valley.
“The section will be tight,” Krull said. “It should be a battle between Keystone Oaks, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Avonworth, in no particular order.”
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or email@example.com.
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.
- Inside the ropes: Shazier shows off speed
- Grand jury report says Western Psych failed to cooperate with police
- Steelers hope new faces breathe life into team
- Pirates notebook: Mercer welcomes chance in No. 2 spot
- 1 intruder killed, other shot and wounded in Carrick home invasion
- Police say naked woman stabs three women during street fight in McKees Rocks
- Killer sharks are taking over the air, and the airwaves
- Steelers notebook: Team hasn’t called on Keisel, Harrison yet
- Pennsylvania Turnpike Southern Beltway extension gets funding
- NFL notebook: Ex-Steeler Sanders picks Manning over Big Ben
- A little wine, a little music: Pittsburgh vintner and musician lives his dream