Marissa Bergmann thinks she has a great team. J. Taylor Finley Middle School’s first year softball coach believes she has the players she needs to have a successful spring season.
While Finley dropped its first game against visiting Stimson before a crowd of about 75 fans, the final score was close. Bergmann is confident that many wins will follow.
“Our pitching, fielding and hitting are all solid,” Bergmann said. “We have kids that can really play. It’s going to be a great year.”
The Finley roster includes 20 players, including seventh graders Gemma Bedell, Sara Benitez de la Roche du Ronzet, Madelyn Falk, Deveren Flynn, Amanda Ganley, Isabella Holland, Gabriella LoScalzo, Leah McManus, Logan Miller and Jocelyn Thorbourne and eighth graders Ruby Baliber, Emily Barba, Charlotte Cassatto, Kathleen Cocoman, Keysy Diaz Campos, Gabriela Genao, Angelina Hernandez, Mia Miller, Ashley Moreno Garcia and Odalys Salazar Bolanos.
“The girls are working very hard,” Bergmann said. “They are growing as players, improving at every practice. It’s a really good group. Fun personalities. They are competitive and skilled. We have many players with real potential for success at the high school level.”
Finley has nine games remaining on its schedule, including contests against Kings Park, Oldfield, Northport, East Northport, Commack, Candlewood, Elwood, Hauppauge and West Hollow.
“We had a big turnout this year,” Bergmann said. “There is a lot of interest in softball at Finley.”