Glen Ridge HS softball team gains learning experience this season

Seniors will be missed, but there’s hope for 2017

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GLEN RIDGE – The Glen Ridge High School softball team certainly went through its share of struggles this season as head coach Rachael Hogan’s Ridgers finished with a 2-17 record.

Looking back at the year, the GRHS coach said she hoped her team used this season to learn from.

“We had a young team this season and worked on rebuilding the program,” she said. “We play in such a competitive softball conference and did a good job.”

For Hogan, the highlight of the season was the team’s two victories.

“Our biggest highlights to this season was our win against Irvington in the county tournament and our win against Bloomfield Tech,” she said.

Undoubtedly, the coach said this year’s team will graduate six seniors, including Sydney Carey, a three-year varsity starter at shortstop, who is continuing her softball career at Muhlenberg University, Pa.

“She will be hard to replace,” said the coach.

Similarly, another graduating senior who will be missed next year will be Alexandra Mondsini.

“Alexandra Mondsini was our center fielder this season and did such an amazing job leading the team in batting average and hits,” she said.

In addition, another graduating senior was Margo Scanlon, who played right field and was one of the team’s captains.

Looking ahead to next year, the Glen Ridge coach talked about a few players who will be expected to lead the way.

“I am expecting big things from all of our returning players, including first baseman Lucy Smeets, catcher Calorie Iovino, pitcher Lizzie Wiede, third baseman Lizzy Komorowski, outfielder Grace Twitchell, second baseman Brooke Scanlon, Emma Wolski, Abbie Robik and Jaymi Pena,” she said.