IRVINGTON – The Irvington High School varsity softball team returns a strong group from last year’s team and hopes to have a successful season.
The Lady Blue Knights, despite losing sisters Linda and Leana Thomas to graduation, return the following players:
Seniors: Aisha Springer, outfielder; Ashley Foreman, outfielder; Janecee Forde, first baseman; and Jada Forde, catcher/shortstop.
Juniors: Adjeline Akrong, outfielder/third baseman and Julie Evra, second/third baseman.
Sophomores: Cassandra Cheridor, outfielder; Sarah Smith, second baseman.
According to head coach Jenna Weiss, the top hitters in the lineup are Jada and Janecee Forde; Evra and Akrong.
The newcomers who will contribute are junior second baseman Jackelyn Vicuna and freshman outfielder/shortstop Anya Dufresne.
The Blue Knights’ strengths include hard work, dedication, preparation, commitment and resiliency, said Weiss.
The team’s goals are to “learn from their mistakes; take one pitch and one play at a time; never give up no matter winning or losing; stay committed to each other; and pick each other up in a positive way,” said Weiss.
Responsibility and trust will be the factors in achieving those goals, Weiss added.
Weiss’ assistant coach is Cristina Lopez.
The Blue Knights lost to Newark Side in the season opener Friday, April 1, at Orange Park field.
April 6, at Belleville
April 8, at Bloomfield Tech
April 11, Arts
April 13, at Millburn
April 15, Bloomfield Tech
April 20, at Saint Vincent Academy
April 22, at University
April 25, Belleville
April 27, at Science Park
April 28, at Union
April 29, at New Brunswick
May 2, at Arts
May 5, New Brunswick
May 9, Millburn
May 11, at Bloomfield Tech
May 13, Lakewood
May 17, at Snyder