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Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team has been fortunate in that the Hawks were able to get outside practice time before last week’s snowstorm in preparation for the 2018 season.

“We were able to practice on the turf in the back of the school; of course, we have to share that with track, and baseball, and lacrosse, but we were able to get 45 to 50 minutes a day,” said Becahi softball coach Rich Mazza.

The Hawks hope their season opener will take place against Parkland on Wednesday, but that depends on how fast the snow melts and the field conditions at Parkland.

Five players are returning from Becahi’s 2016 state championship team: Jess Indelicato at shortstop, Julia Sledz at catcher, Natasha Miner at second base, Morgan Christine at first base, and Alexa Panuccio in center field.

Tatum Kresley, who pitched last year, is also returning, and freshman Jennifer Slanovec will also pitch for the Hawks.

Not returning is heavy hitter and third baseman Alexis Lopez, who decided she does not want to play softball this year.

“We found a replacement, Addison Roche. She’s doing a great job, and I’m happy with the way that turned out,” Mazza said.

Alyssa Jiminez will play right field, and Catelynn Erickson will be the Hawks’ designated player.

“Cate will bat a lot. She’s swinging the bat pretty well,” said Mazza.

Freshman Jaden Spigner will be in left field.

Also on the softball roster for Becahi are Sophia Iovino, Alyssa Brandstetter, and Shaye Keeper.

“We expect to be pretty good. We only lost one player [to graduation]. We’re supposed to play Pine Grove on Thursday, and they’ve been a pretty strong team in the state over the years,” Mazza said.