Speed on the bases and power at the plate.
Those stand to be two key ingredients for the success of Shelton High’s softball team this spring.
“I think we have a lot of speed this year, and we have good bats. And if the pitching holds up I think we’ll be very, very competitive,” said Shelton High softball coach Joann Desrochers said.
Shelton went 10-10 last year, earned the state tournament’s No. 9 seed, and fell to eventual Class LL champion Trumbull in the first round of the Class LL bracket.
The Gaelettes hope to turn around a couple of close losses, including a 13-12 setback to Amity, from a year ago and gain a better tourney seed and, thus, a theoretically easier first-round matchup.
“Those are the kinds of games we have to win,” Desrochers said. “Our schedule’s a little more difficult than last year’s schedule,” Desrochers said.
After all, with seven of nine starters back on the field, the Gaelettes stand to be able to build off of last year’s win total.
Senior captains are center fielder Jillian Komornik, twin sister and first baseman Hope Komornik, pitcher Sara Rivera and shortstop Kayla Resto.
Other returnees include second baseman Maggie Carucci, third baseman Jenna Bennett, catcher Bryana Heuser and pitcher Emily Renkowsky.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I think we have a good team. We have some great bats and we’ll be pretty successful,” Jill Komornik said.
“I think we’re going to have a good year,” Renkowsky added.
After hosting Career Magnet on Wednesday, Shelton goes to Branford on Friday, April 6, at 3:45 p.m.. The Gaelettes get a good barometer early. Weather permitting, they host Lauralton, Lyman Hall and Amity in back-to-back-to-back contests, April 11, 13 and 16, respectively. The Lauralton game is set to be played at 4:15 p.m., with the other two contests slated for 3:45 p.m.