The St. Bonaventure softball team begins its 2019 schedule on Feb. 22. Leading up to the season, GoBonnies.com will preview the team by position. In this edition, the Bonnies' pitchers and catchers are highlighted.
Bonnies Pitchers and Catchers
1 – Alyssa Yungwirth – Freshman – P/OF (Wellsboro, Pa.)
3 – Tierney Fitzgerald – Freshman – P/3B (Williston Park, N.Y.)
4 – Grace Perechinsky – Sophomore – Catcher (Scranton, Pa.)
8 – Sam Wood – Junior – P/OF (Barton, N.Y.)
11 – Abigail Stone – Freshman – Catcher (Akron, N.Y.)
14 – Ally Haskell – Freshman – Pitcher (Franklinville, N.Y.)
15 – Abby Borkowski – Freshman – P/Utl. (Kenmore, N.Y.)
17 – Rylee Hehir – Junior – Pitcher (Putnam, Conn.)
32 – Madison Stewart – Freshman – C/1B (Orchard Park, N.Y.)
That's the theme of this season's pitchers and catchers for the St. Bonaventure University softball team and head coach Mike Threehouse.
With a young group made up of two juniors, a sophomore and six freshmen, the Bonnies have a tough hill to climb.
"We need to rely on this group more than we have in the past," Threehouse said. "Pitching has been a part of the puzzle we have been trying to figure out and that starts with the consistency in the circle. It also comes down to us pitching the way we know how to. We are going to be aggressive this season and we see the team buying into that."
Junior Rylee Hehir returns for her third season in the Brown and White. She led the Bonnies with six wins in the circle, making 19 starts and appearing in 22 games last year. Hehir also led the Bonnies with two shutouts and nine complete games, while striking out 59 batters.
"This is the year that we are looking for Rylee to shine," Threehouse said. "She is a junior now and we need her to step up when we give her the ball."
Sam Wood also returns to the circle for the Brown and White. She appeared in five games and tossed 5.1 innings a season ago.
"Sam is going to be our late inning person this year and we are expecting positive things from her in the circle," Threehouse said.
Also returning with a bigger role this season is sophomore Grace Perechinsky. The Scranton, Pa. native earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team a season ago after leading the Bonnies with a .348 batting average, 13 doubles and 27 RBIs. Perechinsky is a player that is figures to be in the lineup every game, either behind the plate or as the designated player.
"Grace is coming off a stellar freshman season," Threehouse said. "She is the leader behind the plate and we are going to look to her to take another step forward. Grace and Abigail will both could be in the lineup every game. Madison will also see time in the field, whether it's behind the plate in the infield. She gives us some flexibility at the position."
"We have quality young arms this season," Threehouse added. "All the freshmen are going to get innings this season and we are anxious to watch them grow and improve as the year goes on."
The Bonnies begin their 2019 schedule against Central Connecticut State on the road in Hampton, Va. Bona will play four other games in Hampton before heading to Hawaii for six games. After the tropical trip, the Bonnies close out their spring trips in Morehead, Kentucky for matchups with Bowling Green and Morehead State.
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