Spartans Softball On Route To Repeat Even With Young CastPosted: Updated:
For the last two years Maine-Endwell softball has dominated on the diamond as they've won back to back state titles and even with a young group this season, only five returning players, a new coach and only one captain, the "rebuilding year" for the Spartans have turned into another year to repeat for their third consecutive state title.
"I'm usually used to being the youngest on my team, so this year I had to play a different role" Stated Maine-Endwell 's only senior, Emily Hess.
"Being the only captain has its ups and downs, some days I need to be the good guy and some days I need to be the bad guy."
But, the underclassmen have certainly not looked at #16 as the bad guy but instead as a leader and a mentor.
"She knows that she's gonna walk in, do what she needs to do, get it done and her not being nervous helps the rest of the team, it makes us know we're gonna be okay because Emily says we're gonna be okay." Said Freshman Amanda Desantis
Hess and first-year head coach Joe Mancinelli are both extremely impressed with what the underclassmen have brought to this year's team especially when they needed it the most.
"The process is just to get better and to see where we were this year and like I said so far it's coming along pretty good.""
"Until these young players are actually thrown into the battle you don't really know how they're going to do, but they've done a really good job at stepping into some of those leader type higher expectation players," Said Mancinelli.
The Spartans travel to Moreau Recreational Park on Saturday, June 9th for an 11:30 am game against Averill Park.