Softball preview: Pitching, youth key for Wilton
After struggling through a 3-17 season last spring, the Wilton High softball team will hope pitching and youth can be the backbone for a turnaround this season.
The Warriors’ roster includes just one senior (veteran pitcher Dani Miskinis) and seven freshmen among the 13 players.
“We’re very, very, very young,” said Wilton head coach Mark Salottolo, whose team opens the season today at home against Greenwich. “We’re trying to rebuild the program from the ground up.”
Miskinis, who enters her fourth season as Wilton’s featured pitcher, should be a pivotal player for the Warriors.
“Dani was slowed last year because of Lyme Disease and didn’t have a good season,” said Salottolo. “We’re hoping she can bounce back. She certainly has the talent.”
Miskinis could share time on the mound with freshman Daria Acosta-Rue.
“Daria is pretty advanced for a freshman,” said Salottolo. “She has looked good in practice.”
Miskinis will play first base if Acosta-Rue is pitching, and Acosta-Rue will play shortstop if Miskinis is pitching.
Wilton’s top hitter might be junior first baseman Lizette Roman-Johnston. She may also see time at catcher.
“Lizette has good skills,” said Salottolo. “We’re looking for her to have a good season at the plate.”
Two other key players are sophomore third baseman Ally Rauccio and sophomore centerfielder Nicole Amato.
Sophomore Erica Miskinis could emerge as the team’s catcher. She can also play in the infield and the outfield.
Freshman Katey Forsyth looks to be the starter at second base, with classmates Caitlin McGovern and Julia Schiavone competing for starting spots in the outfield.
Also in the mix are junior outfielder Shefali Nagpal and freshman outfielders Emily Ettie and Nicole Kosar.
“Hopefully, we will have stronger pitching and some of the younger players will step up,” said Salottolo. “This is a tough league to have a lot of freshmen, so they have to be quick learners.”