Entering the 2014 season, the Sandwich High School varsity softball team had high hopes of equalizing the success of the 2013 season where the team finished with a 20-2 record. After graduating seven seniors in 2013, this year’s squad was led by seniors Julianna Ferguson, Kerry Kelley, and Kasey Noonan.
“A cruel turn of events had Kelley go down with an injury and miss the first seven games of the season, and Noonan was diagnosed with mononucleosis and missed 14 games,” coach Bob Sullivan said. “With two key starters out, the Lady Knights finished the season 8-10, just missing the state playoffs.”
Ferguson was a returning ACL all-star and led the league at the plate with a .500 batting average and seven home runs. She will attend the University of Maine on a softball scholarship.
“Julianna played extraordinarily well all season at shortstop and was selected once again as a Atlantic Coast League All-Star,” Sullivan said.
“After returning from injury, Kelley played second base, third base, or anywhere we needed her to fill in. Kelley batted .419 and hit three home runs in her limited season. Kelley was also selected by the league coaches as an ACL all-star.
“Noonan returned for the final two games of her senior season and played superbly at third base,” the coach said. “The battery of senior pitcher Maddie Burrell and sophomore catcher Helen Colwell logged all the innings over the course of the season.”
Junior Kelley Fitzgerald anchored first base throughout the season and batted .313.
“Freshman Kat Garbacik was a pleasant surprise this season at second base, filling in for Kerry Kelley,” coach Sullivan said. “Garbacik starred at second, making many outstanding plays. She has a terrific future ahead of her as a Lady Knight softball player and will only get stronger in the years to come.”
Sophomore Mariah Lang took over in centerfield for the Lady Knights this spring.
“Mariah has exceptional speed and made a number of terrific plays running down fly balls in the outfield,” Sullivan said. “Junior Kylie Condosta and senior Savannah Reynolds played both left field and right field. Also seeing outfield play were juniors Shelly Wolfe, Sophia Felicetti, and Shannon Mosher.”
Megan Greenhalgh at second base and Courtney Ladner in the outfield also did a nice job for the Lady Knights this season.
“With the unexpected injuries and illness to Kelley and Noonan, many younger players had to step up and consume some innings and gained valuable varsity experience,” the coach said. “The future looks bright for the Lady
Knights as the team has chosen Kelley Fitzgerald, Shelly Wolfe, Sophia Felicetti, and Helen Colwell to be team captains for the 2015 season. I am very optimistic we will improve on the 8-10 record next season.”
Assistant coach Bruce Colwell worked alongside Sullivan this spring, along with 2013 alumni players and volunteer coaches Michelle Morrisey and Julia Sullivan. The team manager was June Collins.