Strong showing for CMS softball.
Six eighth-graders played on the squad, including Mae Ball, the starting pitcher.
"She (Ball) had a terrific season with 10 wins, often striking out 10 or more batters per game," CMS coach Pam Remi said.
Allison Bowser, the cleanup hitter, who was the everyday catcher, also played some third base.
"She helped keep the team focused with her spirit and enthusiasm," Remi said of Bowser.
Lauren Beary played first and was the lead off hitter, while Julianna Tambolleo played left field.
"She (Tambolleo) hit a tremendous home run in our final game," Remi said.
Alexis Dylewicz was a utility player, starting the season in left field, but filling in whenever she was needed, including catcher and third base. Kayla Iorio spent the early part of the season in the outfield, before moving to third base.
"All these individuals have bright futures as they move on to the high school," Remi said.
Seven seventh-graders played for the CMS squad.
Allie Donahue did some pitching and played outfield, while Hannah Fleming was a shortstop.
"She (Donahue) was very team oriented and would do anything to contribute to a win," Remi said.
"Hannah Fleming was a standout at shortstop," she said. "She had a great season with the bat, stole a lot of bases, and showed great poise and athletic ability on defense."
Haley Forstrom and Brooke Makey played outfield.
"Haley made great progress over the course of the season," Remi said. "She was quick on the base paths and improved her sliding skills.
"Brooke Makey was the starter in center field and has a quick bat," she said.
Megan O'Connell was a utility player.
"She showed a lot of versatility playing catcher, outfield, and third base," Remi said. "Megan (O'Connell) also showed a lot of improvement as the season progressed."
Megan O'Malley played second base, while Allison Wickham played outfield.
"Megan (O'Malley) generated a lot of hits and runs for the team," Remi said. "Her speed on the base paths kept opponents on their toes.
Allison played outfield and improved during the course of the season," she said. "She also exhibited a lot of speed rounding the bases.
Ball, Makey, O'Malley and Fleming all played tournament softball last summer.
"The skills they developed while doing so were very evident this school season," Remi said.
The highlight of the season was a 5-1 win against Hudson on May 26.
"Hudson is a perennial softball power that has gotten the best of us many times, so it took a lot of softball talent to pull off that win," Remi said.
"The season was very special, with everyone pulling together and working hard," she concluded. "All the girls showed plenty of Clinton spirit, whether it was waiting their turn at bat, in the pre-game huddle, or cheering on a teammate."