Morristown Baseball-Softball Lineups Solid
BY DAVE SHEA
MORRISTOWN - The Morristown Central Baseball and Softball teams will open their NAC West seasons this week with very similar compositions.
Both teams are anchored by veteran performers and have the potential to be consistent in all phases of the game.
And both Rocket bands face a similar challenge...to compete in very strong NAC West Divisions. The Lady Rockets open against Harrisville on Tuesday and the Rocket boys face Lisbon on Wednesday.
ROCKET BOYS SEEK SOLID SEASON
The Green Rocket Boys will be anchored by the battery of junior pitcher Tristin Simmons and senior catching mainstay Kade Marshall. The upper class core which also includes seniors Gavin Moquin, Parker Stout, Wyatt Sullivan and juniors Aaron Woodcock, Addison Colby and Ethan Graveline.
"We have a solid corps but Tristen Simmons is our only pitcher with varsity experience. We will need other guys to step up," said Coach Glenn Colby.
"We should hit and we should make plays. It is up to the guys to do it. We will find out where we stand playing Lisbon in our first game."
First year varsity pitchers looking to step forward are sophomores Macaulay Ritchie and Jared Young and Hammond junior Cooper Bennett playing through a merger agreement. Another sophomore Seth Witherhead looks to contribute in the outfield another Hammond student Logan Jones will play in the infield.
Lisbon, Heuvelton and Madrid-Waddington have all won division or sectional titles in the past four years.
MORRISTOWN BASEBALL 2021
Addison Colby (Jr 2b), Ethan Graveline (Jr 1b), Kade Marshall (Sr C), Gavin Moquin (Sr IF), Macaulay Ritchie (So IF-P), Tristan Simmons (Jr SS, P), Parker Stout (Sr 3b), Wyatt Sullivan (Sr 2b), Seth Witherhead (So RF), Aaron Woodcock (Jr IF), Jared Young (So SS,P), Cooper Bennett (Jr P-CF), Logan Jones (3b).
LADY ROCKETS LOOK TO COMPETE IN TOUGH WEST
First year Morristown Varsity Softball Coach Megan Daymont and Assistant Coach Tiffany Irish will lead a 13-player roster into a new season. A roster the coaches feel can compete in the pitching rich NAC West if they consistently execute behind junior hurler Emma Showers.
"Emma Showers has worked hard in the offseason on her pitching and I think we should have a good hitting team," said Coach Megan Daymont.
"All but two of our players have played softball and we have been looking good."
Seniors Rylie Showers, Kassidy Sullivan and Hailey Ward anchor the infield at thirdbase, shortstop and firstbase and sophomore Emily Gagnon will handle the catching duties. Another sophomore Karrisa Donnelly will serve as the backup pitcher and play centerfield.
Emma Showers is part of a solid junior cast with Madysan Gagnon, three-position player Mia Johnson, Katelyn Ladlee, Emile and Kylie O'Donnell and Cordelia Pickman.
Another sophomore Elizabeth Clement looks to contribute as a first year varsity player.
MORRISTOWN SOFTBALL 2021
Karissa Donnelly (So CF-0P), Emily Gagnon (So C), Madysan Gagnon (Jr RF-1b), Mia Johnson (Jr SS, 2b, LF), Katelyn Ladlee (Jr LF, 3b), Emile O'Donnell (Jr RF-2b), Kylie O'Donnell (Jr RF-2b), Cordelia Pickman (Jr RF), Emma Showers (Jr P), Rylie Showers (Sr 3b), Kassidy Sullivan ( Sr SS), Hailey Ward (Sr 1b), Eliza Clement (So 3b-RF),