The start of Spring also brings a return to the diamond for boys baseball and girls softball. Additionally, Avonworth Track and Field returns with high expectations.
First off, the baseball team is looking to build on a playoff appearance last season with a core of starters coming back for the 2017 season. One of the players that will be depended on is catcher Brandon Cerminara.
“He’s going to have to take a a lot of heat behind the plate,” says sophomore DH Ryan Felter, “and he also will probably be the leadoff hitter for us this year.”
Felter also has big expectations overall, as he thinks the squad can definitely win the WPIAL.
The softball team has had tremendous success for the past five years. They’ve made it deep into the WPIAL playoffs the past three years. This year they have a core of senior players that have played in big time games and have had won a lot of games since their freshman year. For this season, the team wants the seniors to finish their careers strong and pass the baton onto the next group of underclassmen players.
But as the group of girls are about to make the trip to spring training in Myrtle Beach, they need to find a replacement at first base as the starter has gone down with an injury. So the talented squad must look to the bench to find help at one of the most important positions on the field.
As for the track team they expect to build to what already was a very successful year in 2016. But for individuals sophomore Brandon Witherell is trying something different this spring as he is switching from distance to sprinting which he expects to do well in. As a team he says “As long as we stay focused we will be good because you put out what you put in.”