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New BVT Softball Coach Seeks Complete Effort

Peter Cardoza begins his first season at the helm of the Blackstone Valley Tech softball team with more than a decade's worth of experience and a renewed focus on fundamental success in all phases of the game.
"Whether it's hitting for power, hitting for average, small ball, defense, you have to do everything if you want to win a championship," he said. "You can't be pigeonholed as just a power hitting team, you have to be able to create runs, more runners along, and be efficient."
The new Beavers' head coach helped several Grafton middle school programs to state titles or state final appearances and has his sights set on a Colonial Athletic League title in his first season at BVT.
"Historically, BVT has done well in the league, and we expect to contend for the league championship as well as the state vocational school championship as well," Cardoza said. "We have added some Division 2 competition this year to the non-league schedule, so that should be a good way to help get us ready."
Depth will be a strength for the Beavers this spring, Cardoza said, with an 18-player roster and numerous potential lineup combinations. Senior captains Emma Tomas and Rachel Arnold will once again form the BVT battery as the pitcher and catcher, respectively. 
Cardoza also offered early praise for senior Emily Iacovelli and sophomore Lindsey Ferreira, but stressed the fact that numerous players have the potential to play significant roles this season.
"There is not a big drop off between the starters and the bench," he said. "We will see different starters in most games, there will be opportunities for everyone to contribute."
The depth is one reason why Cardoza said he's excited to take over the program this spring. He plans to bring an aggressive style to the base paths.
"My biggest strength is base running, it's a lost art," he said. "Moving runners along is big part of the game. People get caught up watching baseball and watching for the three-run homer, but that's not softball, you need to be efficient.
"That's what I hope to do this year," Cardoza added, "be efficient, score runs, and win a lot of games."




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