Albion softball squad has new coach

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 26 March 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – New Albion varsity softball Coach Cathy Schmitt meets here with veteran members of the Purple Eagles squad. In front are Natalie DiCureia and Ashlee Bocach. In the middle row are Isabella Prest, Andrea Aman, Olivia Prest and Kassidy Hastings. In the back row are Ellen Narburgh, Meghan Hurley, Savannah Allen, Kelsee Soule and Coach Schmitt.

Anchored by a large nucleus of veterans and with new Coach Cathy Schmitt at the helm, the Albion girls softball squad is prepping for the upcoming Niagara-Orleans League season.

The Purple Eagles veteran contingent includes seniors Savannah Allen (first base) and Andrea Aman (outfield); juniors Meghan Hurley (pitcher), Ellen Narburgh (infield/pitcher), Kelsee Soule (catcher), Olivia Prest (catcher/infield), Kassidy Hastings (pitcher) and Ashlee Bocach (catcher/infield); sophomore Isabella Prest (catcher/outfield) and freshman Natalie DiCureia (infield).

“The girls are working hard and the returnees we have, and the knowledge of the game that they have, is huge for us,” said Schmitt who takes over the helm from Gary Parisi after serving as an assistant coach for several years.

Soule, a three year starter at catcher, who earned first team N-O All-League honors for the second time last spring, will be sidelined for at least part of the season due to off season shoulder surgery.

Hurley and Bocach both earned N-O All-League honorable mention last year.

Albion, which went 4-10 in N-O competition last spring. has four non league contests scheduled (weather permitting) before opening the N-O season at home on April 9 against Wilson.

Albion’s Schedule

March 30 – Lyndonville, 12 p.m.
April 2 – Cheektowaga, 4:30 p.m.
April 6 – Kenmore East, 4:45 p.m.
April 7 – at Lockport, 4:30 p.m.
April 9 – Wilson, 4:45 p.m.
April 11 – at Batavia, 11 a.m.
April 13 – Medina, 4:45 p.m.
April 15 – at Newfane, 4:45 p.m.
April 17 – CSAT, 4:45 p.m.
April 20 – at Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.
April 22 – Barker, 4:45 p.m.
April 24 at Akron, 4:45 p.m.
April 27 – Alexander, 4:30 p.m.
April 29 – at Wilson ,4:45 p.m.
May 1 – at Medina, 4:45 p.m.
May 4 – Newfane, 4:45 p.m.
May 6 – at CSAT, 4:45 p.m.
May 8 – Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.
May 11 – at Barker, 4:45 p.m.
May 13 – Akron, 4:45 p.m.