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BVT Softball Boasts Another Young Squad

Last season, Blackstone Valley Tech softball coach Denise Medaglia had a roster that included five freshman, three of whom played starting roles. The youth movement continues this spring, with six addition freshman earning spots on the varsity team, any one of whom could see time as a starter.
"Things look pretty good so far," Medaglia said. "We have an awesome crop of freshman that came in and we are looking for big things from them."
Not that BVT is without veteran players. Senior Meghan McFadden is back to play centerfield and will hit leadoff. Fellow seniors Courtney Swenson and Katie Holt also return and figure to be impact players. But many of the other returning standouts are players heading into their sophomore seasons.
Danielle Reeves earned Colonial Athletic League all-star recognition as a freshman. "I think she is going to have a big year," Medaglia said. "She is going to stay at shortstop this year and probably hit third for us."
Fellow sophomores Emma Tomas and Rachel Arnold also return with the weight of big expectations on their shoulders. "Emma pitched for us last year and she was a bit wild, but she has improved a lot over the off-season and will do the majority of the pitching," Medaglia said. "Rachel is going to catch and, despite being a freshman [last year] she hits the ball hard every time."
Rachel's younger sister, Sarah, is one of the half dozen freshman and will be the team's second pitcher. Victoria Wojnar plays both first base and outfield and has a "cannon for an arm" according to Medaglia. Emily Iacovelli, Ashley Hamilton, Michelle Yitts, and Mackenzie Gill round out the talented, and versatile, freshman class.
"We are not stuck with certain players having to play certain positions, which is a great thing to see," Medaglia said. "We can move people around."
The head coach says one of the biggest challenges will be getting all of her young players on the same page, but their experience could help ease the process. "If we can't get outside because of the weather, it's going to be even harder to work together on signs and defenses," she said. "Everyone looks great in the gym, then you get outside and it can be a different story. I don't think it will be as big a problem because they all know the game. All of these girls play in the summer and the fall."
Despite being so young, Medaglia has not lowered expectations for her team after a 14-win campaign last season.
"We have a successful program and the goal is always to compete for the league title," she said. "Our league is one of the hardest leagues out there with teams like Assabet and Worcester Tech who were in the district finals last year, but we are looking to rock D3. We want to get a high seed in the playoffs and be there in the end."




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