It was a successful first season for a local group of select softball neophytes.
The Green Hornets 14U select softball team, which comprised first-year select players from the North County, Broadneck, Old Mill and Severna Park feeder systems, went 19-17 overall against top teams from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
The team of Abby Fontz, Alexa Jimeno, Ally Weaver, Christina Ballagh, Elisabeth Krupinsky, Jordan Bodziak, Lily Gleisner, Madison Sayre, Miranda Dameron, Ryleigh Smith and Sydney Wiseman formed with the goal of providing girls in or entering high school with a higher level of competition and the opportunity to improve as serious softball players.
“Our team was formed thanks to the efforts of [Severna Park varsity coach] Meredith McAlister and the Green Hornets organization, who wanted to give girls the opportunity to play softball at a more advanced level,” said head coach Greg Jimeno, who coached the team with assistant coaches Butch Fontz, Brittany Hammack and Keith Gleisner. “Playing select softball was an adjustment for the team, but they worked hard, put in a lot of time and effort, and, as a result, became much better softball players.”
A notable accomplishment came when the team posted a top-five finish at the United States Specialty Sports Association C Division State Championship tournament in Laurel in July.
Coach Jimeno said the season was a positive step by a group that showed a great approach to the game.
“I could not have asked for a better group of kids who were fun to be around and who supported each other through the ups and downs of a season,” said Jimeno. “I was very happy to see them have so much success on the field as the season progressed.