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Roswell softball seeks growth in 2013 campaign
by Marcel Pourtout
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Staff / Erin Gray<br>Roswell infielder Averi Donaldson.
Staff / Erin Gray
Roswell infielder Averi Donaldson.
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The Roswell softball team has used the non-region portion of its schedule to determine the best lineup available with a youthful roster containing only two seniors, pitcher Paige Hartley and infielder Averi Donaldson.

“We’re not where we want to be yet as a team,” said Roswell head coach Carissa Roustan. “We have some young players that need time to work together and with the start to this season in early August, it was difficult getting practice time in.”

The Hornets have notched two wins this season but have played in numerous tournaments against the top teams throughout the state. Furthermore, postseason aspirations haven’t been eliminated yet since Roswell has played only two region contests to date.

“Our approach was to schedule many games earlier in the season to try players out in different positions and use different batting orders,” Roustan said. “The region games are must wins and now we’re going to put our best players out there.”

The Hornets have shown improvements on the field and produced a solid 7-3 win over Mt. Pisgah at the Allatoona Tournament on Aug. 24. Junior Savannah Hatcher earned the win and had one hit along with an RBI in the contest. Sophomore Isabelle Leaphart had five hits over the weekend tournament.

“Our team has good chemistry off-the-field and we need to carry that over onto the field and get results,” Donaldson said.

Hatcher has paced the Hornets’ offense with a .366 batting average while junior Genna Telschow (.313) and sophomore Isabella Sekelick (.314) have been strong as well.

“Felicity Gutierrez has come in as a freshman and produced big hits for us on offense while playing different positions,” Hartley said.

Roswell has used five different pitchers this season, which is a higher than average number for a softball team. “We’re going to have a three to four pitcher rotation,” Roustan said. “Our pitchers’ goal is to hit spots, produce ground ball out and its up to the defense to make routine plays.”

The Hornets return to action at home against region foe Wheeler Thursday.

“We need to win contests against teams that we match up well against, play our best and come out with a win,” Roustan said.
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