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    Eagles focused on development

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    With a young roster, Geneva’s softball team understands it will experience some growing pains this season.

    Head coach Eleshia Pitcher is confident, however, that her Eagles will look much different in May than they do in March.

    “It’s been different this year since we really didn’t have much of an offseason and we have a lot of new faces on our roster,” Pitcher said. “We are young and may get off to a slow start but I think we should put it all together before the end of the year.”

    The Eagles return two starters and two others with varsity experience from the 2019 squad that finished 14-10.

    Vital to Geneva’s success is the ability of the younger players to step up to the challenge of competing against varsity competition for the first time.

    “The short time we have had to get ready for this season has been a challenge,” Pitcher said. “We just keep practicing hard trying to catch up. We need to play as a team and get everyone to buy into the program.”

    Seniors Kayli Stash and Angela Riffle will play first base and left field, respectively. Junior Daliz Alverez will pitch and play center field.

    “I am looking for great things this year from our senior leaders Kayli Stash and Angela Riffle,” Pitcher said. “I also have Daliz Alvarez returning, who will spend the majority of her time on the mound but she will also be in center field or behind the plate when she’s not pitching.”

    Juniors Alivia Reece and Giana Logan are slotted to play second base and right field, respectively. Sophomore Carman Alverez will play shortstop and freshmen Alyssa Palmisano and Abby Stash will catch and play third.

    Freshmen Jordyn and Jailyn Alderman will also throw some innings in the circle.

    “Jailyn and Jordyn Alderman can play in any position and they will make an impact in the game,” Pitcher said.

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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