Returning talent boosts Plainville fortunes


Head Coach: Jen Micowski (7th year)

Last season’s Ledger: 6-14 overall, 2-12 CCC South (seventh place)

All Conference Performers from 2012:Cheyenne Dalke, Megan Johnson

Key Losses: Tabi Arnold, Lindsey Allario, Megan Johnson, Erika Kozak.

Strength: Returning numbers

Weakness: Offensive punch

The Line-up: Cheyenne Dalke (sr., IF); Jacqui Wuchert (sr., P); Katy Dressel (sr., OF); Danielle Angelillo (jr., OF); Alexis Ruscito (jr., C); Rachel Lancaster (so., IF); Sarah Ercoli (jr., IF); Shayla Beausoleil (jr.); Shyanne Bradley (so.); Nicole Basile (so.); Rebecca Crawford (so.); Cedra Grajewski (jr.); Julia Davidson (jr.); Jessica Hillburn (jr.); Arielle Lozefski (jr.); Brittany Brown (jr.); Victoria Carroll (so.).

What to expect from the Blue Devils: Last season, the Plainville softball team showed real promise to open its season, going 3-1 and losing that lone game by only a 2-1 tally against North Branford.

Then that trip to Florida, while fun, didn’t do the Blue Devils any favors as sickness struck the team and Plainville simply never recovered.

The Blue Devils went 3-13 to close its season but still managed to outscore its opponents by two total runs on the season.

This year, there’s no trip down south and that means – hopefully – no sickness either this time around.

Head coach Jen Micowski has some weapons that returned to the squad this year and a chance at a state tournament bid  is certainly not out of the question.

And there’s some returning talent coming back into the fray as Plainville lost only four seniors from its 2012 squad.

All Conference performer, senior Cheyenne Dalke, returns to the mix (.281 batting average, 16 hits, 11 walks, 7 RBI in 2012) as does fellow seniors Jacqui Wuchert (.267, team leading 14 RBI) and Katy Dressel (.341, 8 RBI).

Wuchert went 5-9 from the mound and racked up 45 strikeouts on the 2012 season and she’ll be counted on again.

That talented foursome will lead the Blue Devils while a hungry underclassmen crew will also vie for time on the field.

Junior Alexis Ruscito – who spent the offseason playing for the CT Titans Travel Softball team – is one of the bright catchers in all the CCC South and will bring the defense to the plate once again.

She had six assists last season to only two errors and batted a healthy .344 on the year to go along with 11 RBI.

Junior Danielle Angelillo (.286, 14 hits, 8 RBI) will be another important player again for Plainville, sophomore Rachel Lancaster (.319, 15 hits, 4 RBI) is one of the bright athletes for the Blue Devils and is a tough warrior in the infield at shortstop while junior Sarah Ercoli will spend time at third base this year.

While Plainville batted a healthy .287 on the year, offense sometimes eluded the squad and that cost the Blue Devils during some close games.

Plainville lost five games by a single run last season and that cost a very capable team a chance at a playoff run.

In fact, some of the Blue Devils best games were against Maloney, the champs of the CCC South last season.

Plainville lost two games 4-3 and 3-0 to the Spartans and the locals don’t want to repeat that performance this season.

The key word for the Blue Devils this season is opportunity and Plainville wants to return to the state tournament picture for the first time since 2010 in the worst way.

CCC South Outlook: There won’t be any breaks in the CCC South except when a certain team from Hartford comes to town.

But there are several challengers out there that will give the Blue Devils plenty of fits.

Maloney brings in a new stud pitching ace (Gillian Bedard) while Berlin always seems to have a strong squad.

Bristol Central might have a couple new throwers in the mix while Bristol Eastern returns a junior pitching sensation (Sarah Beliveau) that could be one of the toughest in all the CCC South.


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