Glen Ridge HS softball team features good returning nucleus

Photo by Steve Ellmroe.
Lizzie Wiede fires a warm-up pitch for the Ridgers in a game last season. Wiede, a senior co-captain, will play right field this season.

GLEN RIDGE, NJ – The Glen Ridge High School varsity softball team returns virtually its entire squad from last spring, looking to have a successful season.

Lizzzy Komorowski, at first base, and Lizzie Wiede, in right field, are the returning senior captains.

The returning juniors are shortstop Ava Rollo, second base Sarina Robik, center fielder Taylor Townson, third base Hannah O’Connor, outfielders Leah Chodosh and Catie Lamberson, and pitcher Ali Cerruto.

Ella Strong, a pitcher, and catcher Elettra Giantomenico are key freshmen.

GRHS head coach Rachael Hogan feels the team’s chemistry will be a key factor for a successful season.

“Because I essentially have my whole team returning, the cohesiveness they have after playing with each other for the past few years is a huge asset,” Hogan said.

Hogan said the team’s goals are to be competitive in the Super Essex Conference and qualify for the state tournament.

“I am looking for the team to build on the past few years together and really incorporate all the hard work we have done in pre-seaon,” she said.

The team recently returned from Orlando, Fla. where they played eight varsity spring training games.

“It was a great experience and the girls really worked hard and improved dramatically,” said Hogan of the Florida trip.

The Ridgers will host Irvington in the season opener April 1 at Glenfield Park in Montclair.

Softball

April 1, Irvington, 4 p.m.

April 3, at Belleville, 4 p.m.

April 5, East Orange Campus, 4 p.m.

April 6, Montclair, 1 p.m.

April 8, East Side, 4 p.m.

April 10, at Barringer, 4 p.m.

April 11, Montclair Kimberley Academy, 4 p.m.

April 12, Payne Tech, 4 p.m.

April 13, at Technology, 1 p.m.

April 17, at Irvington, 4 p.m.

April 18, Caldwell, 4 p.m.

April 22, Belleville, 4 p.m.

April 24, at East Orange Campus, 4 p.m.

April 29, at East Side, time tba

April 30, West Orange, 4 p.m.

May 2, Linden, 4 p.m.

May 6, Barringer, 4 p.m.

May 8, at Morris County Tech, 4 p.m.

May 13, at Payne Tech, 4 p.m.

(Home games played at Glenfield Park, Montclair)

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