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Big holes for Lady Engineers to fill


Woodsville set to defend title



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The Engineers celebrate the tying run in the semifinals last season. (click for larger version)
April 07, 2014
WOODSVILLE – Last season ended with the Woodsville Engineers softball team on top of the world. After outlasting the Wilton-Lyndeborough Warriors in a championship game for the ages, the Engineers earned the title. But with some big components of the team's title run gone this season there are some big holes to fill.

Returning to the helm of the Engineers this season is the always optimistic Dana Huntington. Huntington helped steer the team last year to the title and sounds confident again this season. Just like last season, however, the Engineers have to deal with the question of who the pitchers will be.

With Danelle Huntington graduated, the Engineers are now looking to some other players to contribute innings on the mound. One player that could see the bulk of the innings was the apparent championship MVP Lottie Page. Though Page would have won the MVP in the finals game last season because of her power hitting, she also has an "above-average ability to pitch," according to Huntington. "She has shown this preseason she can pitch. Lottie also put in a lot of extra work this winter, which tells me she wants to be the leader out there and she wants to bear the load of pitcher."

Although it does not appear that Page will be the shutdown pitcher that Huntington was last season, coach Huntington does not feel like he needs one this season. "We just need a pitcher who can get the job done and come up big once in a while. Then we let the rest of our team take care of everything else," said Huntington.

As for the other players that will contribute to the team this season, the Engineers are returning six more seniors, five of which will again create a solid infield capable of reducing their errors with experience and skill. Their starting catcher, Julia Bowman is back and adds the competitive intelligence to the catcher position. Then Kat Emley, Cassidy Townsend, Molly Ruprecht and Ally O'Shana solidify the infield.

The last senior returning the team is the manager, Louisa Noble. Coach Huntington spoke extremely high of his manager saying that she "played a vital role in the team's success last season. Louisa always shows up when she needs to and is an active contributor to the club."

Huntington also went on to say, "Louisa cheers the team on but her contributions go much farther than that. She also reminds me of things I should know about the other team and different situational things."

When asked about how the Engineers hitting and defense looks, Huntington laughed and said, "There is only so much you can tell when you have been practicing in a gym for the past couple of weeks. But I expect our defense to be good and our hitting to improve as the season wears on."

When asked about his team's chances of repeating as champs, Huntington replied, "That is a tough question. This is a different team but we would love to do it. It is just hard to tell at this point."

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