By: Ryan Martin
As the Lady Rebels continue into the 2nd round of WPIAL playoffs, they show no signs of slowing down. The Rebels who are 12-4 on the season will be taking on Frazier High School (16-2) on Tuesday, May 23rd in the WPIAL semifinals at Baldwin High School. The softball program at Seton Lasalle has made a complete turnaround this year. Cindy Beauregard, who is in her second year as head coach at Seton Lasalle has turned the girls from a team who didn’t make the playoffs last year to winning the Section 1 championship in AA.
The Lady Rebels will be also looking forward to a bright future. Since they only have two seniors, Julie Curry and Emilee Mazza, they are a young, but talented team. Although the team is well rounded, juniors Lexi Wagner and Jada Simon are two standout players on the team. Wagner a Pitt commit, plays shortstop and batting with an average of .550. Simon, who isn’t far behind batting with an average of .488. Although Simon bats well, her impact on the defensive side of the ball is a great presence. Simon, a pitcher has been key for the Lady Rebels on the mound. Sarah Cornell another junior playing 3rd base is another key component for the team.
Since the Rebels don’t necessarily have huge numbers of upperclassmen, they have high expectations for underclassmen. So far, they have lived up past those expectations. The sophomore class consist of Rien Frazier (OF), Skylar Moore (C) , Emily Farley (OF), Anna Zaborowski (OF), and Brie Hottenfeller (2B) are all key contributors. Skylar Moore who stepped in at catcher once senior Mazza sustained an injury early in the season has been phenomenal.
The freshman class consist of Morgan McAndrews (OF), Hadley Horensky (OF), Marissa Schuckman (OF), and Nicole Boccella (IF) are all contributing to their team in a big way. All most all of the freshman play every game. All of the underclassmen have performed at an unexpectedly high level.
Wagner isn’t surprised with the team’s success, “We were in a brand new section with a lot of new girls, so I wasn’t really surprised, but I am definitely proud to be back in the playoffs”, said Wagner.
Going into the semifinal game Wagner believes that the defense is their greatest asset. This team is very different from past Seton LaSalle softball teams according to Curry, “We quickly were able to work well together and you don’t get that very often from new teams.”
She also gives credit to the underclassmen, “We have a majority of underclassmen and their ability to step up do their jobs has really made this season so successful.” said Curry. Simon agrees saying that the team’s communication and the way they bond is different from teams in the past. As the Lady Rebels compete in the semifinals, they have nothing but confidence that they will come away victorious.