Hilltoppers look to climb back to winning ways
The Glenbard West softball team is turning to a trio of upperclassmen to lead it out of the hole it dug last year, when it finished the season 7-21.
They Hilltoppers have won two out their first five games, and despite a tough upcoming schedule that includes conference games against defending state champ Oak-Park River Forest and a very good Grove North squad -- in addition to tough non-conference games against Glenbard South and St. Francis -- head coach Mary Mcgrane sees a lot of promise.
"I have high expectations for this group, simply because they have the talent to compete every game," she told West Cook News. "I look to my seniors to guide the younger players and be the role model needed in order for us to find success this spring. This year’s group is young -- only two seniors – however, they all get along and play for each other."
Senior second baseman Katherine Porter will be one of the leaders Mcgrane will be relying on.
"Katherine plays the game how it's supposed to be played: with integrity and passion," Mcgrane said. "Her defensive and offensive abilities will spark the rest of the team."
Senior catcher Angela Flammini’s main duty will be using her experience to assist Glenbard West's young pitching staff. The veteran's leadership should be a huge boost to the Hilltopper's three hurlers.
Glenbard West also features another prominent upperclassman. Junior Lexi Gregule, who has started for the Hilltoppers for three straight years, will spearhead the offensive attack.
"She is our lead-off hitter and sets the tone for the rest of her teammates offensively," Mcgrane said.
Juniors Eliza Pasterik at shortstop and Isabel Hermanson at first base will also have significant roles in the lineup and are players to keep an eye on both this season and next.