by Ken Brown
MARSHFIELD – Second year co-coaches Christin Martin and Summer Haverick will look to continue to rebuild the Twinfield-Cabot varsity softball program this spring after a four-win season in 2021 as they take on the challenge of their first full schedule in the highly-competitive Mountain League.
Martin and Haverick lost four seniors to graduation from last year’s squad, including team offensive and defensive leaders Kayla Green and Delaney Fowler. They are currently practicing with 11 girls and hope to add to the roster as the season ramps up. The Lady Trojans won’t have a single senior on the team this season, but Martin likes what she has seen from her junior leaders in practice so far and is impressed with the raw talent from her eighth graders that saw varsity action last spring.
“Maddie Duke and KimLinh Debona have really stepped up with some leadership early on in their junior seasons. They have been a big help to some of their younger teammates and are great communicators and we’ll need that throughout the season as we grow as a program. We have a few less girls than last season so far, but we’ve had some more interest and hopefully we can add to the roster once we get outside full-time. We had some bright spots last season, but we’re still really young and struggled offensively last year, so we continue to work on batting skills and baserunning and hopefully we can be more fundamentally sound this season,” said Martin.
Duke and August Howe will get the lions’ share of the work in the circle for Martin and Haverick and the hope is that a workhorse pitcher will emerge in the course of the season. Ginger Klarich also returns as another talented underclassmen and is very versatile, has experience in multiple positions, and will provide more leadership. Freshman Sophie Mancini leads a talented up and coming freshman class that has already shown leaps and bounds of improvement after a year of varsity. This green Lady Trojan squad will take their lumps in a Mountain League that is filled with top tier talent in both Division III and IV, but Martin looks at the challenge as an opportunity to improve her team through experience.
“We are only going to be as strong as our weakest link, so we are working really hard at improving the skills of all of our players and our entire team from top to bottom. The girls are working hard and doing a great job of building each other up so far and if we can improve our communication on the field with one another it will help us during game-time situations so we can think one step ahead of the play we want to execute. Our schedule will be challenging, but it is also a great opportunity for us to learn and improve long term and we’re excited for the season,” said Martin.
Twinfield-Cabot is scheduled to start the season on the road on Thursday at Randolph and will stay on the road next Tuesday for a match-up with Williamstown.