by Ken Brown
PLAINFIELD – The Twinfield softball team welcomes back varsity spring sports this season with a new look in the dugout as former alums Summer Haverick and Christin Martin will co-coach the team.
Haverick, a recent UVM graduate, and Martin, a recent Castleton University graduate, are friends, roommates, and former teammates of some very successful Lady Trojan teams under former head coach Mike Potter. Haverick has coached some of the girls on the current roster at the middle school level and looks forward to seeing them continue to develop now that they are freshmen and sophomores.
“I didn’t have enough time to coach while I was in school, but ironically my job now gives me that time and Christin and I are really excited to have the opportunity to coach together at a place where we had a lot of fun and success. It’s a great group of girls and we want to help them develop their skills and enjoy the same kind of experiences that we were able to have here at Twinfield,” said Haverick.
With softball and baseball programs dwindling around the state and COVID-19 still looming, it can be challenging to field teams in smaller schools, but the Lady Trojans will have 10 on a roster that includes three seniors, a junior, three sophomores, a freshman, and two eighth graders.
Seniors Kayla Green and Delaney Fowler return with the most varsity experience, but Haverick has liked what she sees from her younger players so far in practice and hopes to be strong defensively, with a little more depth at pitching than expected.
“We’ve had some great leadership from our seniors so far in practices and Madison Duke and Ginger Klarich are part of a very talented group of athletic underclassmen that are very versatile. Christin was a catcher so she has a lot of knowledge in that field as well as the pitching aspect and it has been nice to see that we have a few girls who can throw and are willing to put in the work to get better. Overall, this is a very committed group, and we are all really excited to get the season started and try to bring interest back to the program,” said Haverick.
The Lady Trojans are scheduled to open the season at home against Peoples Academy on Thursday before traveling to Williamstown on Saturday.