WHS softball in full swing

Freshman+pitcher+Destiny+Santalucia+winds+up+during+a+recent+Watertown+High+School+softball+game%2C+played+on+its+home+field+at+Hosmer++Elementary+School.
Back to Article
Back to Article

WHS softball in full swing

Freshman pitcher Destiny Santalucia winds up during a recent Watertown High School softball game, played on its home field at Hosmer  Elementary School.

Freshman pitcher Destiny Santalucia winds up during a recent Watertown High School softball game, played on its home field at Hosmer Elementary School.

Raider Times photo / Charlotte Rose

Freshman pitcher Destiny Santalucia winds up during a recent Watertown High School softball game, played on its home field at Hosmer Elementary School.

Raider Times photo / Charlotte Rose

Raider Times photo / Charlotte Rose

Freshman pitcher Destiny Santalucia winds up during a recent Watertown High School softball game, played on its home field at Hosmer Elementary School.

Melissa Rose, Raider Times staff

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






     It is early May and the Watertown High School softball season is in full swing — literally!

    With eight freshmen on the team and 12 returning players, it is by far the most promising season yet. When last year’s seniors graduated and second baseman Eva Alessandroni suffered a torn ligament in her thumb, many spots needed to be filled and the freshmen were quick to step up to the plate. Pitcher Destiny Santalucia, catcher Cali McMahon, first baseman Jacquie Furbish, second baseman Stella Papadopoulos, and third baseman Stephanie Laskaris are all new additions to the team.  

Francesca Egea, senior captain for the Watertown High softball team, will be playing for Curry College next year.

Raider Times photo / Charlotte Rose
Francesca Egea, senior captain for the Watertown High softball team, will be playing for Curry College next year.

     Because of the crazy winter and sea of snow on the field, the first month of practices were held indoors, but that didn’t slow them down. Coaches Jim Swift, Kim Boyd, and Ellen Breen were thrilled to get outside and start working.

     Practices are intense with sprints and push-ups as punishments for dropped balls and bad throws, but this only motivated the team to get better. At the end of each practice, Coach Swift introduced a challenge for the team, whether it be getting six outs with no errors, or catching a bunch of fly balls, or making a number of perfect throws. 

     The first game was held on April 7 against WHS’s rivals, Belmont. Although Watertown didn’t win, there is a rematch scheduled this month, and with the improvements made, it should be a close and exciting game.  

Dana Hammerle bats during a recent Watertown High softball home game at the Mount Auburn Street field outside Hosmer Elementary. Hammerle is one of four seniors on this year's WHS team.

Raider Times photo / Charlotte Rose
Dana Hammerle bats during a recent Watertown High softball home game at the Mount Auburn Street field outside Hosmer Elementary. Hammerle is one of four seniors on this year’s WHS team.

     Despite that the WHS softball team hasn’t yet won a game, it gets closer each time and a win is in the near future. Captains Francesca Egea (senior) and MacKenzie Hand (junior) motivate the team to keep trying while the coaches correct the mistakes and show the players that they are talented enough to have a winning season.

     May will be a great month for the WHS softball team. It will be the last month of softball in Watertown for seniors Egea, Dana Hammerle, Kayla Lawlor, and Erin Hickey — although Egea plans on going on to continue her softball career at Curry College next year.

     With the season halfway over, there is still time to make this the best season the team has had. Come to Hosmer Field for a home game and support the Watertown High softball team!

–May 7, 2015–

Print Friendly, PDF & Email