By Renee Rowley
Spring is here once again and that means one thing: softballs season. Bishop Kearney has started the season well and seems to have the talent and spirit to play. There are many returning players, but also some new additions to both the varsity and junior varsity teams.
Returning this year as head coach is Father James Collins, with Dennis Labisi as assistant coach. Seniros back from last year include Laura Gallo, Lisa Ditto, Rossella Loccisano, and Lauren Brady (Breezy Point resident). Juniors include Tanmi Sorrentino, Stefanie Russo, Kathleen O’Neill, Jamie DeSapio, Jennifer Safi, and Jane Greenberg (Breezy Point). Sophomores playing are Kimberly Procida and Veronica Sitner and freshman Anne Roccasalva.
In their latest game, Kearney beat Fontbonne 8-7. Star players included junior Stephanie Russo with two hits, two doubles and two RBIs; junior Kathleen O’Neill with a double and an RBI; and senior Laura Gallo with two hits, a double, and an RBI. It was a close game, but Kearney came out on top. Other valuable assets to the team this year include junior Tami Sorrentino, who has made 12 hits, seven doubles, and seven RBIs in the season so far, and senior Rossella Loccisano, who has had seven hits, two doubles, and four RBIs.
The team is well into its spring season with a 7-2 standing and wins over Stella Maris, Bishop Loughlin, Midwood, Bishop Ford, St. Saviour, Poly Prep and Fontbonne.
The junior varsity team started this year with a new coach, Joe Romano. Back from last year are sophomores Katie Maguire (Breezy Point resident), Katelyn Lawler (Belle Harbor resident), Alison Bergen, and Gail Brady. New to the team are sophomores Caroline Gennaoui, Lisa Martusciello, and Kerri O’Neill, and freshmen Caitlin Morch, Christa Burke, Andrea Welter, Alex Ware, Sarah Davitt-Sweeney, Kaitlin O’Neill, and Jennifer Vinciguerra.
Lawler and Maguire have been named co-captains of the team along with Morch.
The team has had some bad luck with the weather, but they have come a long way under the able tutelage of their new coach and are eager to play. Currently, they are 1-1 in league play and hope to play some extra league games as the season continues. They are confident that their new coach will lead them to success this year.