Softball Senior Spotlight: Class A Central
The Shore Conference Softball Coaches Association and the Shore Sports Network will recognize senior softball players who have yet to take the field in 2020 because of the lockdown forced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each coach who chose to participate listed their respective seniors with comments on each. These senior recognitions will be released by division.
Class A South - coming 4/20
Class B North - coming 4/22
Class B Central - coming 4/24
Class B South - coming 4/27
Introduction by Ryan Pringle – Ocean Township Head Coach
We are in the midst of the nicest spring that I can remember. And trust me when I tell you, spring coaches are experts on weather history. But rather than watching our athletes learn, grow, and compete on the field, we are all stuck in quarantine, trying to flatten the curve. It is certainly necessary and important, and by staying home we are doing our part in slowing the spread of this virus. But I cannot help but think about what is being taken away from so many of our kids across the country.
Participating in team sports is one of the most magical and special things our students get to experience during their short window of time in high school. The memories and relationships that are built through sports can last a lifetime, and the lessons learned on the field can often translate to future success off the field. While our freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will have an opportunity to compete again next season, our seniors are in danger of never competing in their school colors again, and to me, that is a heartbreaking thought.
There are a lot of great things that come with being a high school coach, but one of my favorites is watching seniors lay it all on the line during their final season. I have been very lucky to coach some incredible kids during my tenure, and this year, I was looking forward to watching a few more seniors lace them up one last time. With these senior athletes in mind, I reached out to our Shore Conference Softball Coaches’ Association, and below is a list of some of our seniors that we are thinking about during this suspension of play. Here is what our coaches have to say about their seniors:
CLASS A CENTRAL
Holmdel: head coach Nora Bosmans – 8th season
- Nicolette Pavlik, 3B - named to the A-Central All-Division team during her junior year. Committed to play softball at William Paterson University next season.
- Crystal Carino, 2B - Four-year varsity letter winner.
- Gillian Henderson, 1B - Two-year varsity letter winner.
Raritan: head coach Marc Rosner – 4th season
- Taylor Calicari, CF - Leadoff hitter and all-division player last season. Sets the table at the top of our lineup and is solid in center. Reached base in 23 of 24 games last year.
- Lily Tomasiello, 3B - Returning all-division and All-Shore player from a year ago. Very solid power bat. Led team in HR's, walks, and batting average. Post University commit.
- Kristen Tigar, OF - Returning all-division player. Plays a great left field and is a solid contact bat in the middle of the lineup. Fairleigh Dickinson commit
- Chloe Zinckgraf, OF/P - Returning two-year varsity starter. Good bat in our lineup and solid in the OF.
- Maeve Dillon - Returning varsity player
- Krysten Page, 1B/OF - Returning varsity player
- Anna Britt, OF - Energetic; will be her first year up on varsity this season.
Red Bank Catholic: head coach Tony Flego – 10th Season
- Bella Furfaro, 1B/3B - Bella is our only senior this year. She is a hard worker on the field, very coachable and is a great teammate! She has a strong bat and is looking to get some big hits to help her team this year.
Saint Rose: head coach Pete Yakalis – 1st Season
Shore Regional: Head coach Dave Porta – 4th Season
I believe I speak for all spring coaches of all spring sports when I say that I hope we get back on the field soon. I love coaching and I love all the things that come with it. The players, the coaches, the umpires and the competitive spirit of the game all combine to create a truly special experience. I miss seeing my players and the opposing coaches and umpires that have become my spring family. Earlier this year, we lost one of the great umpires in our sport, Jimmy Griffin. He was one of the best guys I have met since I started coaching softball and I would be remiss if I did not mention him here. We all miss you, Jimmy. The game will not be the same without you. Rest in peace my friend - Ryan Pringle, Ocean Township head coach.
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