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Our spring preseason previews are sponsored by the Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey, your sports medicine resource in Morris-Sussex with locations conveniently located in Cedar Knolls, Roxbury, Newton, Hackettstown and Sparta. OINJ also has urgent care hours on weeknights till 8pm and weekends from 8am to noon to care for athletes who suffer sports related injuries. If you need to see an orthopedic specialist, OINJ is your place!

COACH’S NAME:
Heather Mate

Years coaching at school:
Earned my 200th career win in our final game of our season last year, against Morris Catholic
20 years coaching at Kittatinny Regional High School, this is my 17th year as the Head Softball Coach
Overall record 200-164
Record from last season (2019):
Overall 8-14, in our league 4-6
TEAM’S VITAL STATISTICS (Returning lettermen: name, grade, position, any varsity honors, 2019 statistics.)
Abby Martin, Senior, first baseman, Junior year KCAA Sportsmanship Award, Junior year Honorable Mention All-NJAC , Sophomore year 2nd team All-NJAC
Ashley Romano, Senior, Short-stop, Junior year 2nd team All-NJAC, Sophomore year 2nd team All-NJAC
Kailynn Pensado, Senior, Center fielder, Sophomore All-NJAC honorable mention
Abby Roggenkamp, Senior, Second Baseman
Meghan DePalma, Junior, Right-fielder
Ella Schoelier, Junior, Left-fielder
Reese Vanderhoof, Junior, 3rd Baseman
Emily Wohlleber, Sophomore, Catcher

2020 Softball Team Roster:
Abby Martin-Senior
Kailynn Pensado-Senior
Abby Roggenkamp-Senior
Ashley Romano-Senior
Renee Slobodzian-Senior
Meghan DePalma-Junior
Jolie Laukaitis-Junior
Taylor Trimper-Junior
Ella Schoelier–Junior
Reese Vanderhoof-Junior
Tara White-Junior
Clara Ammacher-Sophomore
Emma Fischer-Sophomore
Alaina Fusco-Sophomore
Kiera Hubmaster-Sophomore
Mackenzie Shea-Sophomore
Emily Wohlleber-Sophomore
Amanda Chadwick-Freshman
Gia Checo-Gonzales-Freshman
Taylor Current-Freshman
Gina Kropp-Freshman
Gwen Lightcap-Freshman
Amber Seames-Freshman
Grace Sheridan-Freshman

Key Losses:
Alexis Cooke 1st team All-NJAC pitcher, attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Olivia Catalfamo: 1st team All-NJAC, Utility player, attending DeSales University.
Samantha Borkstrom, Third baseman, attending East Stroudsburg University

Alumni Playing at the Next Level:
Alexis Cook is playing in her 1st year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a pitcher.
Calli Van Gorden is playing in her 3rd and final year at Castleton University as their starting shortstop and serving in the U.S. Army

Up and Comers:
Abby Roggenkamp-senior-second baseman
Renee Slobodzian-senior-second baseman
Alaine Fusco-Sophomore-Third baseman
Kierra Hubmaster-sophomore-utility player
Amand Chadwick-Freshman-pitcher
Gwen Lightcap-Freshman-pitcher
Gia Checo-Gonzalez- Outfielder/DP
Gina Kropp-Utility Player/DP

Coach’s Outlook:
We are returning 8 varsity players to our line-up, and 7 of those players were our core starters with a lot of game experience. Last season we suffered a handful of losses, with many of them being close games. This season I will be relying on our experienced core players (Ashley Romano, Abby Martin, Kailynn Pensado, Abby Roggenkamp, Ella Schoelier, Meghan DePalma Reese Vanderhoof, and Emily Wohlleber) and our newcomers to work together both offensively and defensively to get the job done. The Lady Cougars have worked very hard this off-season, which has made for a nice transition into preseason, giving us a solid foundation to work with. If their efforts in the off-season are any indication of the season to come, I am very excited for this team. Although we lack experience on the mound, I believe that with the help of our core players, especially our leader behind the plate (Emily Wohlleber) both Chadwick and Lightcap will step up and rise to the occasion

Although we have experience in our line-up, I will be looking to some of our younger players and newcomers, (Renee Slobodzian, Kierra Hubmaster, Gia Checo-Gonzalez, Gina Kropp, and Alaina Fusco) to step up and compete. Our infield will be led by seniors Ashley Romano and Abby Martin, both 3-year varsity starters, and our outfield returns the trio dynamic of Schoelier, Pensado and DePalma. Behind the plate we will be returning Emily Wohlleber who I will be relying on heavily to transition both pitchers on the mound.

They have spent all of their off-season and pre-season, honing in on the fundamentals, focusing on executing the little things, and becoming a family. I believe that this team has the means to win and stay in games, but it will come down to every person on the team to put forth their best effort in executing both offensively and defensively.

Benefit Games:
We will be playing in two charity games this season. Our first charity game (Strike out Cancer) will be against Vernon and our 2nd charity game (St.Judes Pediatric Cancer) will be an evening game in late May against Morris Catholic

George Muha has been covering high school sports since 2006. He feels high school scholar-athletes are the most important part of the community and highlighting their achievements on the field, in the classroom and within the community is his personal mission.

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