2016 Canfield Softball Preview

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2016 Canfield Softball Preview

Head Coach: Ray Melewski, 5th season at Canfield (82-30)

2015 Record: 23-8 (9-1), Co-Champions of AAC

Key Losses: Last year, the Cardinals were a senior laden team which advanced to the Regional Semifinal where they fell in extra innings to Jefferson (3-2). Canfield will be without many important players including shortstop Rachel Tinkey, pitcher Allison Fabry, outfielders Kara Rothbauer, Marina Sturgeon and Ashley Smith as well as infielders Karina Kennedy, Darby Cockrell and Carly Trefethern.

Key Returnees: Canfield will rely on the arms of two returning pitchers – senior Kayla Troxil and junior Bridget Durkin – both of whom were a focal point of the team’s successful 2015 season. Senior catcher Amelia Manenti also returns as well as their junior second baseman Maura Kennedy and outfielder Ally Sammarco. Left fielder Jill Baker is also back in the fold after a strong freshman year.

Outlook: With the move up to Division I from Division II this season, Canfield’s coach Ray Melewski is confident that his team will remain competitive. “We have some big positions to fill,” says Melewski. “The underclassmen are very talented (with lots) of good athletes.”

Post-Season History

State Championships: 1 (2008)

State Finalist: None

Regional Championships: 1 (2008)

Last Five Years in the Post Season

State Championships: None

Regional Championships: None

District Championships: 2 (2013, 2015)

Sectional Championships: 4 (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Playoff Record: 11-5

Schedule

Mar. 28 – vs Chestnut Hill Academy (PA), 11 am&

Mar.29 – vs. Buckeye Valley (OH), 4:30 pm &

Mar. 30 – vs. North Bergen (NJ), 10:30 am, &

Mar. 30 – vs. Kearny (NJ), 2:30 pm &

Mar. 31 – vs. St. Francis DeSales, 2:30 pm &

Apr. 4 – Fitch, 5

Apr. 5 – at Fitch, 5

Apr. 7 – Lakeside, 5

Apr. 8 – at Barberton, 5

Apr. 11 – at Warren Harding, 5

Apr. 12 – Warren Harding, 5

Apr. 14 – Edgewood, 5

Apr. 16 – at Akron Springfield, 1

Apr. 16 – at Hoover, 3

Apr. 18 – at Boardman, 5

Apr. 19 – Boardman, 5

Apr. 20 – Lakeview, 5

Apr. 21 – at Howland, 5

Apr. 22 – Howland, 5

Apr. 23 – at Louisville, 1

Apr. 25 – Poland, 5

Apr. 27 – at Poland, 7

Apr. 28 – Niles, 5

May 2 – at Jefferson, 5

May 3 – Jefferson, 5

May 10 – Crestwood, 5

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