Blue Hill—A core of three returning seniors—catcher Sarah Mullen, Hannah Peasley at first base, and Emma Weed, a third-base player—are leading the Eagles varsity softball team on and off the field, according to Coach Todd Eckenfelder.
“I have a lot of confidence in my seniors and their ability to guide and assist our newer players,” he said. “All are going to be very important to any success we experience as a team.”
Eckenfelder, however, is one of the new faces. A teacher in the social studies department with a law degree, Eckenfelder has experience coaching baseball and boys basketball and is now in his first season coaching a girls team.
“As their coach, I am working to support them in every facet of the game,” he said. “These girls motivate themselves.”
Also new to the team are four freshmen, Eckenfelder said: Courtney Crockett, who will play infield and pitch significant innings; Saylor Grant, as shortstop; Hope Osborn at second base; and Lucy Morison, who will play in the infield and outfield.
Two juniors are also joining the team in the outfield, Elana Bakeman and Paige Casey, who “will play key roles and both show promise,” Eckenfelder said.
Returning players are sophomores Danielle Bianco and Cassidy Bulleman, who will pitch and play the outfield; Sarah Chambers, first base and outfield; Mallory Charette, pitcher and third base; Crystal Forget, outfield; and junior Sophia Steinbarger, who will move between catcher, third base and outfield.
The Eagles have a solid history behind them, with three previous preliminary playoff matches and a trip to the quarterfinals in 2013.
And, despite a roster filled with younger players, Eckenfelder said he has high hopes for the team this year. “It will be a work in progress, and our future is bright,” he said.