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Falcon softball preview
RUMFORD -- There will always be highs and lows during the spring season, so the objective for the Mountain Valley softball team is to try and limit the latter in its attempt to reach greater heights.
The Lady Falcons need to direct themselves and how each player must be prepared to react to different situations. A majority of the load will rest on the shoulders of several veterans who will be counted on to wade through the rugged Mountain Valley Conference.
The Falcons earned a preliminary playoff game last spring, but was grounded by Lake Region. With a season under their belts, co-coaches Debbie Buotte and Lisa Russell each have a better understanding on what needs to be done.
"With eight returning lettermen, MVHS will be a contending team," said Buotte, referring to experience and leadership. "These girls have played together for many years and are passionate for the game." Brooke Dolloff is the lone senior returning lettermen and will handle the hot corner at third Base. Dolloff will also be the No. 2 pitcher, behind sophomore Lindsay Marston. The self-taught pitcher came in as a freshman and established herself as the ace of the staff. The flame thrower recorded double-digits in strikeouts on occasion.
There is a good core of juniors, three outfielders and three infielders. Ally Carlton (leftfield), Shannon Laubauskas (centerfield) and Karissa Murphy (rightfield). The catching duties will directed by Katie Collette, while the right side of the diamond will be patrolled by Katie Mills (second base) and Kasey Smith (first base).
MV only had to fill three holes, following the graduation of Hannah LaPointe, short stop; Kirstin Ridge, second base and outfielder Delaney Paterson.
A saving grace is the presence of several promising newcomers, led by senior Darbi Brown at shortstop. Junior Kelsie Blanchard is an outfielder. The rest include sophomores Adelle Oswald (infield) and Kristin Richard (first base/outfield). A foursome of freshmen could contribute in time with Karen Flaherty (infield/Pitcher), Sydney Petrie (outfield/catcher), Jordyn Turner (first base/outfield) and Ashley Savage (infield).
"Our defense is solid and the batting is strong," said Buotte. "We are looking forward to an exciting season."