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2022 Softball Preview: Nazareth Blue Eagles

Head Coach: Steve Genzale – 3rd season

Assistant Coaches:
Jeff Appleman – Assistant Varsity
Megan Nagy – Assistant Varsity
Stacey Spering – JV Head Coach
Ryann Bedoya – JV Assistant
Ashley Eichlin – MS Head Coach
Amanda Setzer – MS Assistant

Team Name: Nazareth Blue Eagles

League: EPC

2021 Record: 8-13 (including district playoff)

Key Players Lost:
Grace White – 1B
Rivers Edwards – C
Macy Kocher – OF
Madison Griffin – OF
Virginia Frace – 3B

Key Returning Players:

Kara Wilson – Senior, 5′-9″, P/1B, .288, 1 HR, 2 doubles, 9 RBI

Kara will be an integral part of our team this year where she will bat high in the lineup and be a force on the mound.

Hannah Karc – Senior, 5’4″, SS/3B, 0.353, 1 HR, 6 SB, 7 RBI

Hannah’s season got cut short due to an injury but was very productive at the plate and was very strong at SS. She was a captain as a junior and remains a big part of this team. Hannah will continue her softball career at Northampton Community College in the fall.

Colleen Shuler – Senior, 5’5″, SS/OF, 16 RBI, 1 HR, 5 SB.

Colleen was a defensive specialist last year playing a terrific SS. She will be a big leader for this team and will be continuing her softball career at King’s College in the fall.

Blake Shuler – Senior, 5’4″, CF

Blake brings great athleticism to our outfield. Her speed will be an asset for us offensively. Blake will continue her softball career at Widener University in the fall.

Hope White – Senior, 5’5″, 2B/P, 3 doubles, 1 HR, 7 RBI.

Hope brings great leadership and experience to the team. She is multitalented and will be an important player in our lineup, on the mound and in the IF.

Cassie Zellner – Junior, 5’6″, 1B, 0.407, 3 doubles, 4 HR, 15 RBI.

Cassie brings a lot of power to our lineup. She burst onto the scene as a sophomore and batted in the middle of the lineup. She will continue her production at the plate and be a big part of our lineup.

Sydney Harper – Junior, 5’6″, P/OF, 0.481, 13 hits, 3 doubles, 1 triple

Sydney pitched the most innings for us last year and made the most of her plate appearances. She will continue to be a big part of our pitching staff and looks to continue to be productive at the plate.

Key Newcomers:
Ari Kwiatek – Senior, 5’3″, C/OF
Caitlin Genzale – Junior, 5’3″, 2B/OF
Abbey Leach – Senior, 5’6″, OF
Avery Bartha – Junior, 5’5″, C

2022 Outlook: “Our biggest strengths this year will be our batting lineup. We have a lot of seniors who played significant roles last year and that experience will help us against a very strong EPC, ” said Steve Genzale. “We will need to pitch better than we did last year, and if we do, we will be a tough team.”

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