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' infielders are highlighted.
3 Tierney Fitzgerald – Freshman – P/3B (Williston Park, N.Y.)
5 Alex Siebert – Sophomore – Second Base (Campbell, N.Y.)
6 Emma Borysevicz – Junior – First Base (Ashford, Conn.)
9 Alyssa Ramarge – Freshman - Shortstop (Olean, N.Y.)
13 Olivia Golay – Senior – Third Base (Scranton, Pa.)
15 Abby Borkowski – Freshman – P/Utl. (Kenmore, N.Y.)
18 Emily Lewandowski – Freshman (East Aurora, N.Y.)
19 Alexandra Piergustavo – Senior – First Base (Milford, Mass.)
22 Brooke Kane-Walker – Junior – Shortstop (Smethport, Pa.)
24 Kaitlin Caringi – Senior – Third Base (Williamsport, Pa.)
28 EmmaRae Easton – Freshman - IF (Coudersport, Pa.)
31 McKenna Holtz – Senior – Second Base (Hamilton, Va.)
32 Madison Stewart – Freshman – C/1B (Orchard Park, N.Y.)
55 Alexis Ray – Freshman – First Base (Stanardsville, Va.)
The St. Bonaventure infield will see a mix of old and new faces this upcoming season. Though the Bonnies are embracing the veteran identity that they have grown familiar with over the past few seasons, they are also welcoming the idea of having new faces on the field.
Head coach Mike Threehouse believes there is a strategy to using both his returning athletes and his incoming freshmen.
"Right now, we are starting a pretty experienced team. They are very good and itching to play. I'm hoping that the experience will be good for us," Threehouse stated.
Senior Alexandra Piergustavo, who has played 95 career games for the Bonnies, will start at first base. Junior McKenna Holtz, who started 40 of 41 games last season, will return to second base. Brooke Kane-Walker will be playing shortstop. There will be some competition for playing time at third base this year between freshman Tierney Fitzgerald, who also will pitch this season, and returning seniors Olivia Golay and Kaitlin Caringi. Golay hit .299 last year and Caringi has seen action in 43 games.
First baseman Alexandra Piergustavo is focused on the depth of the Bonnies and what they have to offer this season.
"I think we have more depth than we had in the past," said the senior. "It is really nice. I've been here for four years, McKenna has been here for three and we have a lot of experience where we can bring these young girls up."
The Bonnies will rely on a strong veteran presence. There will be starters coming back to fill in the roles that they left last season. However, this freshman class also presents an opportunity to make the group better as a whole, according to junior second baseman, McKenna Holtz.
"We have a very strong freshman class that is coming in this year and I think having their skill set will impact the team as well as push the returners to hit a new level," she said.
Piergustavo stated the need for intensity throughout the entire season.
"Our season is very long, February through May, but it's a grind and keeping that same level of intensity all the way through will help us get to the A-10 Tournament, which has been my goal for four years."
For Holtz, it's about being aggressive.
"It's going out with the mindset of going 100 percent after every ball and every pitch. Just going out there and not being afraid to fail will be a huge help for our team to turn around."
The Bonnies begin their 2019 season Friday, Feb. 22 against Central Connecticut State in Hampton, Va. as part of a four-game trip. St. Bonaventure will then travel to Norfolk for one game against Norfolk State on Feb. 24. Then, the Bonnies will take off for their six-game spring break trip in Hawaii, March 6-9.
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