It’s never easy for a team to go through an entire season and win just one game. Yet the J. Taylor Finley Middle School softball squad managed to make the best of just such a situation and remained positive despite the challenging circumstances.
While Finley’s final record might have been 1-9, the team’s players gave longtime head coach Nancy Conlon their best effort. Eighth graders Madeline Meidenman, Lia Shecter and Carley Stevens captained the Falcons.
The highlight of the spring came when Finley topped Northport, 12-10. “Everything came together,” Conlon said. “Both the fielding and the bats.” The Falcons lost a rematch between the two teams on the last day of the season, 16-15.
Stevens was Finley’s top pitcher while Meideman shined behind the plate at catcher and eighth grader Lily Stein sparkled in the outfield.
“Carley is a devoted player,” Conlon said. “She always knows what’s going on. She’s a control pitcher, team leader and leadoff hitter with a strong bat.”
Meideman was a proverbial workhorse. “She caught nine games and never complained,” Conlon said. “Madeline worked hard and she really improved.”
Day in and day out, Stein emerged as a top player. “Lily made some really nice catches in the outfield,” Conlon said.
The roster also included seventh graders Jordan Cook, Makenzie Eccles, Katherine Eichenberger, Autumn Herkommer, Natalia Quinones-Franco and Alicia Stoehrer and eighth graders Madison Lange, Paige Mangan, Caitlyn Palermo and Grace Tyrrell.
“This team had a tough start and difficulty getting runs,” Conlon said. “As the season was ending the bats started to come alive.”