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Seniors Aim for Special Year in Pelham Softball

PELHAM, N.Y. -- Meghan Reynolds and her fellow senior teammates view the 2012 Pelham varsity softball season with mixed emotions.

The eight seniors -- Caitlin Hearle, Kelly Keith, Samantha Wright, Meghan McDonough, Amanda Stone, Lisa Franks and Reynolds -- have been playing together since they were in elementary school. As a result, they have developed a bond on and off the softball field that runs deep. The thought of this being their final year together motivates the excellent eight to finish their outstanding careers with an exclamation point.

“Coming to softball every day has been a lot of fun,” said Reynolds, who returns to shortstop and will hit lead off. “It’s not just a softball relationship. We are friends on the field and outside of the sport.”

The eight seniors have also played summer ball for their coach, Keith Maley, who created many Pelham summer-softball teams for different age groups.

“They are a great group of girls,” Maley, in his 15th year, said of his seniors. “They work hard. They are good players and they know how to have fun.”

Pelham, perennially, has been one of Class A’s finest. Last year, this current senior class led the Pelicans to the Section 1 Class A semifinal, where they were denied a title-game berth by eventual champion Pearl River. Pelham will be among the Section 1 Class A contenders once again because of this talented, veteran team. Unlike Pearl River and sectional runner-up Eastchester, who lost many players to graduation, including their respective pitchers, Pelham has its stopper in Keith throwing to Wright.

Earlier this school year, the Pelham girls’ volleyball team won the Section 1 Class B title and went on to be a state finalist. McDonough was a starter, captain and instrumental in leading the Pelicans to a dominant season. The seniors, who did not play volleyball, asked McDonough what the experience was like.

“When we began talking about how far we wanted to get this year we asked Meghan about states and she told us how much fun it was,” Reynolds said. “That makes us want to get that far.”

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