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Spring has sprung, and so has softball season

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The girls' softball team crowds around home plate to cheer their teammate's homerun.

The girls' softball team crowds around home plate to cheer their teammate's homerun.

Photo/Jake Daily

Photo/Jake Daily

The girls' softball team crowds around home plate to cheer their teammate's homerun.

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Spring is finally here, which means warm, sunny weather, longer days, and, of course, softball season. Neshaminy’s softball coaches include Ed Miller and Ken Gurysh for junior varsity and Dave Chichilitti and Jimmy Petrino for varsity.

Chichilitti has been a softball coach for 13 years; this will be his seventh as head varsity coach for Neshaminy. This season is Miller’s eighth coaching season, and his seventh as JV coach. 

A few outdoor workouts were held in October. Conditioning workouts were held indoors throughout November and December, and players practiced off-season hitting in January and February.

The teams did a lot of preparation before tryouts, which were held March 6-9. Around 40 girls registered to play softball and only around 32 made it.

“It is very difficult. We have a number of very good players that we have to cut every year because we have such a talented program,” Chichilitti said. “I cry every year when we have to cut girls. [It’s] the worst part of my job.”

Both teams have very similar goals: to be a family, win, and have fun. The first game was scheduled for March 14, but due to the snowstorm, the game was postponed. The home opener took place March 24 against Upper Moreland.

“The first home game is always exciting,” Chichilitti said. “I am also looking forward to Lower Bucks softball night in Bristol Borough. We play Pennsbury, who is our biggest rival and the night is all about raising money for really amazing charities.”

As for Miller’s most anticipated game this season, he said, “Other than the “psych bags” before each game, I am looking forward to playing Abington. Each of the past two seasons, JV has lost only one game, both to Abington at home. With a mascot like the Galloping Ghosts, are they really a team to be afraid of… I think not.”

The softball season is set to end mid June.

 

 

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Spring has sprung, and so has softball season