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1 Brick Short, Raiders Fall to Victor in AA Final 

 

They called it #brickseason, a Spring committed to winning a Section V title and the "brick" on which the Class AA title stands.

 

To do so, the Red Raiders varsity softball team would have to find a way to solve the defending champion Victor Blue Devils, a team that had handed Fairport their only two losses of the season. The rivals met for the brick at Clark V. Whited field on the College at Brockport campus May 30th.

 

The Raiders stayed with the Devils for half the game, before Victor's bats overwhelmed their opponents in an 11-2 Section V finale.

 

After two games in which the Raiders seemed unable to dent Victor's sophomore pitcher Katie Sadarie, Fairport struck early. Meg Palmer got things started with 2 outs in the top of the first, blasting a solo homerun over the left center field wall for the early lead.

 

Even after Victor answered with a two-out two-run HR from Erin Wong, Fairport responded in their very next at-bats. Maddy Sehnert bunted her way on leading off the second and scored all the way from first on Victor’s errant throw on Chloe Humphrey’s bunt. Sehnert's slide at home knotted the game back up at 2 in the second.

 

Fairport played great defense the next three Victor at bats. Meg Palmer made a diving backhand stab in the hole at short to get one out. Humphrey threw out a Blue Devil trying to steal second. Bryn Holmes made a pair of assists at 3B.

 

The last time Clare Aroune had seen Victor between the lines, she'd absorbed a screaming line drive in the April chill that broke her left arm. Throwing every pitch at her disposal, Aroune added three of her five strikeouts in the middle innings and, with her teammates behind her, held the score at 2 a piece through three and a half innings.

 

It appeared the Raiders would avoid a bases loaded threat from Victor in the fourth when Aroune faced the Devils last hitter in the lineup. But on a 2-2 pitch, Reagan Gensiejewski fought off a screwball from Aroune for a seeing-eye single through second base that scored two.

 

The Raiders would only register one more hit after that play, a third from from Palmer (3-3,) who was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. 


Victor would add seven more runs, including a grand slam in the fifth to capture the victory and a second straight Class AA title. Three Fairport players: Palmer, Sehnert and Victoria Catalano, made the Class AA All Tournament team.

 

Congratulations are in order to the Red Raiders who compiled a 20 and 3 record on the season.  Special thanks to the seniors (Clare Aroune, Victoria Catalano, Charlotte Klimasewski, Caolinn Murphy, Reilly Murphy, Meg Palmer, and Maddy Sehnert) and their families for all of your contributions to the Fairport softball program over the years.  Best of luck to all of you in your future endeavors and thank you for all of the highlights, hard work, and memories.  You will be missed.


Fairport holds off R-H, Earns Rematch with Victor.

 

Saturday saw the Raiders taking on R/H at SUNY Brockport in a AA Sectional Semi-Final game with the winner to advance and play Victor, a 6-3 winner of the first semi of the day over Schroeder.

 

After a scoreless first inning, Fairport loaded the bases on singles by Lauren Foster and Chloe Humphrey and a walk to Charlotte Klimasewski with nobody out.  All three scored two outs later when Victoria Catalano bounced a grand slam homerun off the top of the equipment shed beyond the left field wall for a 4 to 0 lead.  Carina Catalano singled and scored on Klimasewski’ s RBI ground ball to give Fairport a 5 to 0 lead after three innings.

 

Clare Aroune was called on to pitch once again and threw another complete game for the Red Raiders.  She allowed 6 hits with 4 walks and 10 strikeouts. She got some help from Maddie Sehnert who snapped a quick throw to second base from her centerfield position after a catch to double off the runner for an inning ending double play in the 4th. Sha also had 3 other put outs in the contest.   Carina Catalano had two putouts and two assists at first base, and 3b Bryn Holmes ranged to her left and made two nice plays and throws, including the game ending play after R/H had crept to within one run in the 7th.

 

Next up is a Sectional finals meeting with rival Victor on Wed 5/30 at 5pm on the Brockport field.

 

Saturday saw the Raiders taking on R/H at SUNY Brockport in a AA Sectional Semi-Final game with the winner to advance and play Victor, a 6-3 winner of the first semi of the day over Schroeder.

 

After a scoreless first inning, Fairport loaded the bases on singles by Lauren Foster and Chloe Humphrey and a walk to Charlotte Klimasewski with nobody out.  All three scored two outs later when Victoria Catalano bounced a grand slam homerun off the top of the equipment shed beyond the left field wall for a 4 to 0 lead.  Carina Catalano singled and scored on Klimasewski’ s RBI ground ball to give Fairport a 5 to 0 lead after three innings.

 

Clare Aroune was called on to pitch once again and threw another complete game for the Red Raiders.  She allowed 6 hits with 4 walks and 10 strikeouts. She got some help from Maddie Sehnert who snapped a quick throw to second base from her centerfield position after a catch to double off the runner for an inning ending double play in the 4th. Sha also had 3 other put outs in the contest.   Carina Catalano had two putouts and two assists at first base, and 3b Bryn Holmes ranged to her left and made two nice plays and throws, including the game ending play after R/H had crept to within one run in the 7th.

 

Next up is a Sectional finals meeting with rival Victor on Wed 5/30 at 5pm on the Brockport field.

 


Fairport advances with win over Penfield

 

After earning a first round Sectional bye, Fairport squared off against a familiar foe, Penfield, for the third time this season in Fairport.  It was the third close game between the two squads this season and the Raiders third straight victory against the Patriots. 

 

Clare Aroune pitched a complete game for Fairport, scattering 6 hits and striking out 8 in the process.  She had some help from Meg Palmer defensively, who made plays all over the field it seemed, including a running catch in foul territory behind third base to seal the victory for the Raiders and send them on to the semifinals on Saturday in Brockport.  Chloe Humphrey threw out a couple of runners trying to steal second and third as well in support of Aroune. 

 

Palmer got it done on offense as well in the game, going 3 for 3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.  Bryn Homes (2-3, 2 runs scored) and Claudia Giambrone (2-2, 1 run) also had strong offensive games for Fairport.

 


 

Please join us for the 2018 Fairport Softball Banquet at 

Burgundy Basin Inn 

Tuesday June 12, 2018 at 6:00pm

 

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WE ARE LOOKING FOR PHOTOS!!!! Have you been taking photos during the season? If so, we would love to incorporate them into the slide show that will be running at the banquet. Please email photos to John Catalano, johnjcatalano@mac.com by Saturday, May 26th. 


Rairders win 18th, 18 to 3 over Gates-Chili

 

Fairport topped its regular season win total from a year ago and now awaits the post-season following an 18-3 victory at Gates Chili.

 

Fairport jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first, as Bryn Holmes (single), Victoria Catalano and Meg Palmer (both walked) would score on singles by Maddie Sehnert and Charlotte Klimasewski with Lauren Foster walking with the bases loaded to plate the third run.

 

Sehnert drove in another run in the second with a single.  Bryn Holmes bunted in a run and Palmer belted a double to center field to drive in another in the third when Fairport scored 4 to go up 9 to 0 against Gates-Chili. 

 

The 4th saw Klimasewski walk and score on a fielder’s choice, Holmes score on Palmer’s single, and 3 runs score on Carina Catalano’s home run to left field, her 4th of the season.

 

Victoria Catalano and Palmer both reached on G-C miscues in the 6th, scoring on Sehnert’s triple to the gap in left center field.  Lexie Wheeler singled and scored on Caoilinn Murphy’s double to left in the 7th, with Murphy scoring on a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Victoria Catalano to close out the scoring in the game.

 

Sehnert led the way with 3 hits and 4 RBI, while Palmer and V. Catalano scored 4 runs each for Fairport.

 

Junior Julia Egan earned the victory with five shutout innings.  Clare Aroune pitched two .The Raiders pitchers struck out five.

 

Bryce Mazurkiewicz snapped a quick throw to third to catch a runner a little too far off the base to end the first inning for Fairport.  Carina Catalano threw a strike to Holmes at third after catching a foul pop up, with Holmes applying a quick tag for the inning ending double play as well in support of the pitchers.


 

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Raiders Earn Season Sweep of R-H On Senior Day

 Fairport’s last regular season home game awas also Senior Day for the Red Raiders.  Seniors Clare Aroune, Victoria Catalano, Charlotte Klimasewski, Caolinn Murphy, Reilly Murphy, Meg Palmer, and Maddy Sehnert as well as their families were all celebrated in a pregame ceremony as well as a postgame dinner. 

 

For the second day in a row, Fairport faced Rush Henrietta in a divisional contest, and for the second straight night they prevailed, this time 4-3, for their 16th win of the season.

 

Sehnert led off the second with a bunt single (her 6th straight hit over the past 2 games), promptly stole second, and was driven home by senior Charlotte Klimasewski’s ground ball to short to put Fairport up 1 to 0.

 

After R/H tied the game in the top of the 3rd, Zoe White reached on an error to start the bottom of the inning and scampered to third on senior Victoria Catalano’s double to left center field.  She would score minutes later on senior Meg Palmer’s sacrifice fly to center for a 2 to 1 lead after 3.

 

Klimasewski singled down the third base line in the 6th, with pinch runner Claudia Giambrone stealing second and scoring on White’s two out single up the middle.  White then  crossed the plate on Catalano’s third hit of the game, this time a single to center field to give Fairport a 4 to 1 lead through 6 innings.

 

Senior Clare Aroune, starting her second consecutive game against R-H and picked up her 6th win of the as she scattered 6 hits and struck out 13 in 6 and 1/3 innings.  She was at her best this evening when R/H got runners in scoring position with less than two outs. This happened in three consecutive innings in which Fairport did not allow a ball out of the infield in those situations.  Julia Egan came in to record the final two outs and pick up the save for the Red Raiders.

 

 

 

 


Raiders Bounce Back Against Royal Comets

On the eve of Senior Day, Fairport Softball's Class of 2018 represented in a 16-4 victory at Rush-Henrietta.

In rising to 15-2 on the season, the Raiders watched their seniors raise their bats and do some business.

CF Maddy Sehenert led the way with a 5-for-5 day with two doubles and four RBI. 

DP Charlotte Klimasewski had a varsity career-best 3-for-4 with 5 RBI. 

Raider homerun leader Victoria Catalano snapped her sixth of the season over the fence on a 3-for-5 day. Meg Palmer and Reilly Murphy also registered doubles. Bryn Holmes, Haley Sax and Lauren Foster also registered hits. 

The game marked the first start for Clare Aroune since she returned early from a broken arm. Aroune pitched 6 innings with 10 strikeouts and one walk while allowing two earned runs.

 


Fairport drops rematch with Victor 

The Victor Blue Devils visited Fairport for a divisional contest against the Raiders and went home with a 15-0 victory  

 

For the the first time since their only other loss of the season, at Victor, the Raiders bats fell silent. just four batters out the ball in play, including Fairport’s only hit by Lauren Foster that eluded the Blue Devils firstbaseman after a diving attempt at a catch.  

The visitors jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back in the game as Fairport struggled to mount much offense against Victor’s pitching.

 

Victor struxk for four homeruns.  

Zoe White and Maddie Sehnert were both strong in the outfield for Fairport with 3 catches each.  Meg Palmer and Victoria Catalano both got down and dirty a few times in the infield to make some nice plays as well. 

 

 

 


9th straight win for Fairport 22-3 over Mendon

 

Fairport pushed its winning streak to 9 straight games with a victory over Mendon on the road at Thornell Farm Park in Pittsford. It built the Raiders’ record to 14-1.

 

 

  

Fairport sent 14 batters to the plate in the top of the first, patiently waiting for the Mendon pitcher to find the strike zone and then punishing the ball when she did.  Six walks, a hit batter, an Mendon error, coupled with a single, double, and triple allowed Fairport to jump out to a 10-0 lead before they took the field on defense.  Lauren Foster with a 2 run single, Charlotte Klimasewski with an RBI double, and Victoria Catalano with a bases loaded, (and then quickly cleared) triple were the big blows in the inning.  In a very rare occurrence, the entire starting lineup (9 batters) reached base to start the game, with each of them also scoring a run.

 

The second inning saw Chloe Humphrey get hit with a pitch for the second time in the game leading off.  Pinch runner Haley Sax promptly stole second base and scored on Claudia Giambrone’s single to left field. Giambrone then crossed the plate on Bryn Holmes single a couple of pitches later.  

 

Carina Catalano smashed her third home run of the season to left leading off the 3rd.  Lauren Foster (single) and Lexie Wheeler (fielder’s choice) both reached base with Foster scoring on Humphrey’s double to deep center field and Giambrone driving in Wheeler with a ground ball to short stop.  Sax scored again on Holmes double to left to put Fairport up 16 to 0.  Meg Palmer (walk) Carina Catalano (single), Wheeler (walk-RBI), Humphrey (fielder’s choice-RBI), and Sax (walk) would all score in the 4th for Fairport to close out the scoring.

Foster led the way with 3 hits for the Raiders.  She also drove in 3 runs as did Victoria Catalano. 

 

Carina Catalano and Julia Mallow each threw 2 innings for the Raiders, combining to allow 5 hits to Mendon with Mallow picking up her second win of the season.  

 

 The game also  marked the return to ther field for senior Clare Aroune who had broken her arm 15 days before against Victor. Two weeks after doctors reported she was out for the season with the injury, Aroune pitched a three up three down fifth inning with two strikeouts to close out the game. 

Foster made a nice running catch on a fly ball in the right center field gap to leave the bases loaded in the second for Mendon.  Carina Catalano and Mallow combine for 8 putouts at first base throughout the game as they swapped positions halfway through the game.  Lauren Dragoone had a putout and assist in the 4th  and Humphrey threw a dart to second base to nail a would be base runner also  in the 4th with a nice catch and tag assist from Palmer.

 

 

 


Fairport rolls to 8th straight, beats Hilton 20 to 3 

 

The Red Raiders improved to 13 and 1 with a  convincing divisional win over Hilton, their 8th consecutive victory of the season. 

 

Fairport lifted four homeruns among their 22 hits. Twelve different players recording at least one hit, giving them a total of 63 hits in their 3 games so far this week.  Five of the hits were doubles.

 

Home runs came from Victoria Catalano ( 4 and her team-leading 5th on the season), Maddie Sehnert (4), and Bryce Mazurkiewicz (first varsity home run), who missed a second home run by a few inches in a previous at bat.

 

Fairport sent 15 batters to the plate in the first inning, with Bryn Holmes, Victoria Catalano, Meg Palmer, Carina Catalano, and Maddie Sehnert all reaching base twice in the inning.  Lauren Foster drove in 2 runs with a single, Holmes doubled in 2 more in the inning, but the big blow was Victoria Catalano’s first home run of the game, a three-run shot to left center field. 

 

Charlotte Klimasewski doubled and scored on Mazurkiewicz’ s deep drive that bounced off the top of the fence and back in play to lead off the second.  A Victoria Catalano walk, Palmer single, Carina Catalano single and Sehnert’s 4th home run of the season (a 2-run shot to centerfield) gave Fairport a 16 to 0 lead after 2 innings.

 

Lexie Wheeler doubled and scored on Mazurkiewicz’ s home run in the 3rd, which was followed two batters later by V. Catalano’s 5th home run of the year, a solo shot to right field.

Four consecutive hits in the 4th (Zoe White, Wheeler, Julia Mallow, and Caolinn Murphey (RBI) plated Fairport’s final run in the inning.

 

Julia Egan picked up win number 6 on the season, striking out 7 in 4 innings and allowing only 3 hits.  Carina Catalano threw the 5th inning for Fairport.  Zoe White had a couple of running catches to back her pitchers in right field as well.

 

Hilton snapped the Raiders five and a half game shutout streak in the fourth inning with a pair of homeruns and three runs. 

 


Red Hot Bats Lead Raiders Over Gates Chili

 

The Gates Chili Spartans visited Fairport in a divisional contest hoping to slow the bats of the Raiders and score a few runs to steal a win.

 

Neither happened as Fairport pounded out 19 more hits, including 6 doubles and Victoria Catalano’s 3rd home run of the season (tied with Maddy Sehnert for the team lead) and the Raiders earned the victory, 22-0 and notched their 12th win in 13 outings.

 

Julia Egan threw a 5 inning 5 hit shutout, allowing only 1 runner to reach as far as third base in the game, with 6 strikeouts. It was her fifth victory of the season.

 

It was Fairport’s fith consecutive shutout at home this season and sixth of the season. In half the Raider wins to date, Fairport has not surrendered a run.

 

Charlotte Klimasewski started things off for Fairport in the 2nd with a single. She would score on the first of Lauren Foster’s two doubles in the game to give Fairport the lead for good.  Thy were far from done however, as 16 batters would bat in the inning with 11 more runs being scored in the second. Chloe Humphrey, Bryn Holmes (2), Victoria Catalano, Meg Palmer, Klimasewski, Egan, and Claudia Giambrone all drove in runs with hits in the inning. 

 

Meg Palmer singled in the 3rd and promptly stole second base. She scored on an errant throw from the G-C shortstop.  Chloe Humphrey’s 3rdhit of the game to lead off the 4th allowed pinch runner Zoe White and Reilly Murphy (single to left center) to both score on Catalano’s 3rd home run of the season to close out Fairport’s scoring in the game.

 

Catalano ended the day 2-4 with 4 RBI including a double and a homerun, Humphrey finished 3-3 with a double and 2 RBI, Palmer finished 3-4 with a double off the fence in right center field and an RBI.

 

Foster finished 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI, and Klimasewski finished 2-3 with an RBI.


Raiders JP Mod B Team beats R-H


4th consecutive shutout, Raiders beat Spencerport.

 

Last time Fairport's softball team gave up a run, winter seemed like it hadn't ended. The Raiders ran their scoreless streak to 4 game with a 22-0 win over Spencerport that raised their record to 11-1.

 

Bryn Holmes (single), Victoria Catalano (double), Meg Palmer (single 2 RBI), Carina Catalano (reached on error), Maddie Sehnert (RBI single), and Lauren Foster (reached on error) all reached base and scored in the first.  Haley Sax (reached on error) also reached base and scored on Bryn Holmes first varsity home run to give Fairport the early 8-0 lead after 1 inning.

 

Turned out to be a pretty good Monday in the Holmes household. Shortly after Bryn's round-tripper, her brother Tyler hit a three-run homerun for the Raider varsity baseball team. Call them Holmes runs. 

 

Back at FHS, Sehnert crushed her team leading 3rd home run of the season to center field leading off the second inning.  Sax lined a double to left field later in the inning to score Foster who had singled to put Fairport up by 10.

 

The third saw Fairport string together 8 consecutive hits to score 8 more runs.  Sehnert drove in 2 with a single, with Charlotte Klimasewski (second hit of the game), Bryce Mazurkiewicz, and Holmes each driving in runs with singles as well.

 

A Lexie Wheeler leadoff double was  followed by a Caolinn Murphy walk and a Zoe White infield single to load the bases in the 4th and  set up Reilly Murphy’s run scoring single (second hit of the game for her). Victoria Catalano (walk), Meg Palmer (hit by pitch), and Victoria Byrne (walk) all forced in runs to close out the scoring for Fairport.

 

Julia Mallow got her first Varsity win, going 3 innings allowing 1 hit with 3 strikeouts.  Carina Catalano and Victoria Byrne each threw an inning as well in the 2 hit shutout.

 

Maddie Sehnert had two running catches in centerfield and Lauren Foster ranged to her right to grab a ball in the right center field gap to end the 3rd inning.  Victoria Catalano finished with 2 putouts and 3 assists, including another double play started in the 5th when she snared a fly ball and snapped a quick throw to Mallow at first to double off the runner who had strayed a step too far off the bag.  Carina Catalano finished with 4 defensive putouts and Mallow had 3 assists and 3 putouts in the game.


Raiders Reach 10 wins with 1-0 Decision Over Penfield

 

In a game that was scoreless til the 6th, Fairport created just enough offense to win their tenth game of the season and notch their third straight shutout By beating Penfield 1-0. 

 

Julia Egan spun an 8 strikeout, four hit victory. Neither she not her Patriot counterpart allowed a runner to even reach  third base through five innings  

 

Fairport scratched out a run in the 6th as Victoria Catalano worked a 2 out walk.  Pinch runner Haley Sax went to second on Meg Palmers single and scored when Carina Catalano’s fly ball to center field was dropped for an error.

 

Egan enjoyed defensive support from Victoria Catalano (2 putouts, 2 assists), Meg Palmer (2 assists), Maddie Sehnert (2 catches in centerfield including one in the right center gap in the 7th), and Carina Catalano (6 putouts).  Cloe Humphrey threw a dart to second base to cutdown a would be base stealer in the 3rdwith ease as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Raiders Big Inning Leads to 13-0 Win

 Greece Arcadia Titans to Fairport for a crossover contest against the Raiders. An explosive third imning and a second straight shutout helped the Raiders to a 13-0 victory, their ninth in ten starts.

 

Zoe White smacked a double to the left center field gap with two outs in the second to drive in Haley Sax with Fairport’s first run of the contest. 

 

The third inning saw the offense come alive for Fairport as they sent 15 batters to the plate, with 10 of them scoring runs in the inning.  Victoria Catalano go things started with a sharp single to center field.  Meg Palmer and Carina Catalano (RBI) both singled and Maddie Sehnert drew a walk to load the bases.  Lauren Foster and Bruce Mazurkiewicz sandwiched run scoring doubles around Julia Egan’s RBI single.  Zoe White drove in 2 more runs with a single to left for her second hit of the game.  Victoria Catalano drove in White and Bryn Holmes (bunt single) and later scored her second run of the inning on a misplayed ball off the bat of Palmer. 

 

Fairport closed out the scoring in a big way with Reilly Murphy blasting her first home run of the season over the left field wall in the 6th, driving in Claudia Giambrone who had just picked up her first varsity hit with a single to right field.  

 

Fairport churned out 18 hits in the game including 4 doubles and a homerun, with all 9 starters having at least one hit.   Palmer was on base all 4 times she was up, while Sehnert and White each reached  base 3 times.  Sax and Victoria Catalano scored two runs each, and White drove in 3 for the Raiders.

 

Julia Egan and Julia Mallow combine to throw 7 shutout innings with 10 strikeouts and only 3 hits allowed.  Egan at one point struck out 5 Titans in a row.  Victoria Catalano finished the game with two putouts and 4 assists as well in support of her pitchers.

 

 

 


Fairport Earns Shutout in Home Debut

Three weeks into their 2018 campaign the Raiders varsity finally defended their home diamond at Fairport High School  

Timely late hitting And steady defense resulted in a 6-0 victory over division rival Pittsford Mendon  

 

 

 

The game was scoreless through 4 and a half innings before Fairport put up the first run.  Meg Palmer walked to lead off the bottom of the fifth and promptly stole second base, setting up Carina Catalano’s opposite field single to right to send her across the plate for the 1-0 lead.  

 

Pinch hitter Reilly Murphy walked to lead off the 6th.  Pinch runner Haley Sax would score on Palmer’s RBI single to left a couple of batters later.  Palmer and Lauren Foster (walk) both came around to score on Carina Catalano’s single to left to up the lead to 4 to 0. Maddie Sehnert bunted for a hit and Bryn Holmes capped the scoring for Fairport with a two-run single to right field driving in pinch runner Zoe White as well as Sehnert. 

 

Five players (Sehnert, Palmer, Charlotte Klimasewski, Holmes and C. Catalano) had two hits each in the game.  Palmer scored 2 of the 6 runs in the contest for Fairport, with Carina Catalano driving in three to pace the balanced attack.

 

Victoria Byrne got the win in her first Varsity start for the Red Raiders.  She threw a complete game 6 hitter with 4 strikeouts.  Seniors Sehnert, Palmer, and Victoria Catalano all played strong defensively behind Byrne.  Sehnert (4 putouts and an assist) tracked down balls in both gaps from her center field position, as well as paired with Victoria Catalano to complete an inning ending double play in the second by catching the fly ball and throwing a dart to catch the Mendon runner a little too far off second base.  Victoria C. was on the receiving end of another double play throw two innings later, this time it came from her sister Carina Catalano as they doubled a Mendon runner up at first base. SS Palmer finished with two putouts and 3 assists in the game and showed her range in the 5thas she tracked down a ball behind third base for the first out, caught a line drive going to her left for the second, and then fielded a ground ball and got the assist to end the inning.  Catcher Chloe Humphrey gunned down a runner trying to steal second base to end the third as well and Carina Catalano made a nice scoop on a low throw for the second out in the 7th inning to back Byrne.

 

A trip to face Rush Henrietta is up next for the 8-1 Fairport squad.

 

 

 

 

Three weeks into their 2018 season, the Raiders varsity finally played a home game at Fairport High School. Steady defense and late timely hitting resulted in a 6-0 victory over division rival Pittsford Mendon.

 

Their game was scoreless through 4 and a half innings before Fairport put up the first run.  Meg Palmer walked to lead off the bottom of the fifth and promptly stole second base, setting up Carina Catalano’s opposite field single to right to send her across the plate for the 1-0 lead.  

 

Pinch hitter Reilly Murphy walked to lead off the 6th.  Pinch runner Haley Sax would score on Palmer’s RBI single to left a couple of batters later.  Palmer and Lauren Foster (walk) both came around to score on Carina Catalano’s single to left to up the lead to 4 to 0. Maddie Sehnert bunted for a hit and Bryn Holmes capped the scoring for Fairport with a two-run single to right field driving in pinch runner Zoe White as well as Sehnert. 

 

Five players (Sehnert, Palmer, Charlotte Klimasewski, Holmes and C. Catalano) had two hits each in the game.  Palmer scored 2 of the 6 runs in the contest for Fairport, with Carina Catalano driving in three to pace the balanced attack.

 

Sophomore Victoria Byrne got the win in her first Varsity start for the Red Raiders.  She threw a complete game 6 hitter with 4 strikeouts.  Seniors Sehnert, Palmer, and Victoria Catalano all played strong defensively behind Byrne.  Sehnert (4 putouts and an assist) tracked down balls in both gaps from her center field position, as well as paired with Victoria Catalano to complete an inning ending double play in the second by catching the fly ball and throwing a dart to catch the Mendon runner a little too far off second base. 

Victoria Catalano was on the receiving end of another double play throw two innings later, this time it came from her sister Carina Catalano as they doubled a Mendon runner up at first base. SS Palmer finished with two putouts and 3 assists in the game and showed her range in the 5thas she tracked down a ball behind third base for the first out, caught a line drive going to her left for the second, and then fielded a ground ball and got the assist to end the inning.  Catcher Chloe Humphrey gunned down a runner trying to steal second base to end the third as well and Carina Catalano made a nice scoop on a low throw for the second out in the 7th inning to back Byrne.

 

 

 


Raiders get 7th win at Churchville Chili

 

Fairport started a busy six game in six days schedule in Churchville Chili to take on the Saints in a sectional crossover game The Raiders earned a 5-3 victory. 

 

Victoria Catalano singled and scored on a wild pitch in the 1stto give Fairport the early lead. Carina Catalano worked a walk two batters later and courtesy runner Zoe White scored on Maddie Sehnert’s single to give Fairport an early 2-0 lead. 

 

Churchville put up a run in the bottom of the first to cut the lead to 1, which is where it remained until the 4th, when Sehnert crushed the first pitch she saw over the left field wall for her second home run of the season and a 3-1 lead.

 

The Saints answered with two runs in the bottom of the third to knot the game at 3.

 

Haley Sax led off the 5th with a single to left and later scored the go ahead run on Meg Palmer’s ground ball to give Fairport the lead for good at 4-3.  Sax also reached base leading off the 7th and scored an insurance run with some help from the Churchville Chili defense, to give Fairport the 5-3 lead in the 7th.

  

Sehnert led the way offensively going 2-3 with a HR and 2 RBI, while Sax scored twice to lead the team. 

 

Carina Catalano got her first Varsity win throwing a complete game 4 hitter with 8 strikeouts.  She got some defensive help from her sister Victoria (1 assist, 2 putouts including a stop of a line shot to end the third with a runner in scoring position), Palmer with 1 assist and 2 put outs, Julia Mallow with 1 assist and 7 put outs, and Maddie Sehnert with a running catch in left center field in the 4th as well as several strong accurate throws in the game.  Catalano didn’t allow a ball out of the infield after Churchville tied the game in the 4th.

 

 


Raiders bounce back with a win over Warriors

 The Raiders returned to Dewitt Road Elementary School to take on Webster Schroeder in a crossover game.  They got back on the winning track with an 11-10 victory.

After a scoreless 1st, Lauren Foster singled and scored on Chloe Humphrey’s double two batters later to cut the Schroeder lead in half.  Carina Catalano doubled and scored on Foster’s second hit of the game in the 3rd to knot it at 2 after 3 innings.

 

Victoria Catalano singled and scored on Meg Palmers triple, with Palmer scoring on an errant throw to give Fairport the lead in the 4th.  Foster then plated Maddie Sehnert who had just doubled off the top of the fence in left field to give Fairport a 5 to 2 lead.

 

Schroeder put up a couple of runs in the 5thto close the gap to 1, but Carina Catalano gave them some breathing room in the bottom of the 5th by crushing a home run to left field to score her sister Victoria (double) and Palmer (single).  Charlotte Klimasewski scored on Reilly Murphy’s double to the base of the left field wall later in the inning, with both Murphy and Humphrey (single) scoring on Bryn Holmes ground ball to give the Raiders an 11 to 4 lead. 

 

Schroeder wasn’t quite done however, putting up 3 runs in each of the last two innings to close the gap to one, but Julia Egan closed the game by getting a groundball to Murphy at third, who threw a dart to first to end it.

 

Foster (4 hits) and Humphrey (3 hits) led the 19 hit Raider attack, with Carina Catalano driving in 3 runs.

 

Holmes and Palmer contributed several putouts in the infield for Fairport. Haley Sax and Foster also had a couple of running catches in the outfield to back  Egan threw a complete game with 6 strikeouts and 3 walks.

 

 

 


JV Stays Unbeaten, Defeats Victor 

 

Coach Skalicky’s Fairport JV beat rival Victor last night 19-2 on a brutally cold and windy evening.   But while the weather was cold, the Fairport bats were hot as Fairport recorded 13 hits including 5 extra base hits.  

Pitching was strong as Victoria Byrne struck out 14 batters, gave up 1 hit, 5 walks, and no earned runs.  Victoria went the distance for the win.

The third inning was the deciding inning when Fairport scored 7 runs which is the run limit at JV.  Holly Buchholz started the inning with an infield single followed by two stolen bases.  Victoria Byrne then brought Holly in with a bunt single.  Grace Ann LaFay, running for Victoria, scored when Lauren Merkley crushed a triple to the left field fence.

Erin Ozminkowski brought Merks home with a triple to the fence in center field and scored herself when Molly Calielcrushed a double to the gap in right center for a double.  Following a walk to Sophie AmadoriMolly and Sophie scored when Claudia Giambrone hit a bullet down the first base line, stretching a double into a triple with some extreme speed on the base paths.  Morgan Kennedy then brought Claudia home with a sharp grounder to shortstop that was bobbled allowing Claudia to score and Morgan to reach first.  

For the game, Molly Caliel went 2 for 5 and scored three times.  Sophie Amadori went 2 for 4 and scored twice.  Claudia Giambrone went 3 for 5 and scored twice.  Holly Buchholz went 2 for 4 and scored twice.  Lauren Merkley went 2 for 3and scored three times.  

 


Round 1 goes to Victor

Fairport traveled to Victor for a divisional contest against the rival Blue Devils.  Victor was able to defend its home turf with a 14-2 victory on a night better suited for snowballs than softballs.

Victor scored two in the second , one in the third and then struck for seven in the fourth.

Victoria Catalano (2 hits and a walk), Meg Palmer (single and a walk), Lauren Foster (double to deep right center and a walk) and Julia Mallow (2 walks and a run scored) all reached base multiple times for the Raiders in the contest.  Charlotte Klimasewski crushed a 3-2 pitch to deep left center in the 6th for her first home run of the season as well. 

Clare Aroune got the start for the Raiders and struck out 4 Victor batters before taking a shot off her forearm in the second inning while trying to make a play on a line drive which forced her to leave the contest. Julia Egan, Bryn Holmes and Mallow saw action in the circle  

 


Rain and Cold Can’t Slow Raiders

 

Steady Offense, Egan 2-Hitter Lift Fairport Over Hilton

 

Wednesday saw the Raiders make the trek to Hilton for a divisional game on a night better suited for a bonfire and hot chocolate than a softball game.  

 

However, they weathered the wind and rain and came away with a 6-1 victory to improve to 5 and 0 on the season.   

After a scoreless 1st inning, Maddie Sehnert bunted for a base hit to lead off the 2nd and scampered to third on Clare Aroune’s double.  Both would score on wild pitches to give Fairport the early lead.

Chloe Humphrey doubled to right in the 4th, with pinch runner Lauren Dragoone scoring on Lauren Foster’s double to left center field a couple of pitches later.

 

Foster scored on DH Bryn Holmes' ground out to put the Raiders up 4 to 0.  

 

With two outs Victoria Catalano reached on an error and scored on Megan Palmer’s single to right.  Palmer scampered home on Carina Catalano’s double to right field to close out the scoring for the Raiders. Carina, Meg and Clare connected for a pair of hits each. Julia Egan and Lauren Foster each registered base hits.

 

In her second start in the circle this season, Egan went the distance, throwing a two-hitter with five strikeouts.

 

 

 


JV Raiders Shut Out Hilton

 

Coach Skalicky’s squad continues to roll, this time beating Hilton 21-0 on a rainy, cold evening.  Despite the inclement weather, Fairport was sharp in all aspects of the game.

Megan Chilbert threw a no-hit shutout with seven K’s, allowing only four runners to reach base on walks.  She was aided by a very sharp middle infield.  Lauren Merkley made a couple of plays from shortstop on slow rollers that required quick throws.  Holly Buchholz did the same at second while adding a beauty of a double play on a pop fly.  Claudia Wrona added a couple of nice plays at first base in the fifth to end the game.

At the plate,  Merkley led the Raiders by going two for three with four runs batted in while scoring three times .  In the fourth inning, Lauren came up to bat with bases loaded and hit a drive over the left fielder’s head for a double, clearing the bases. 

Chilbert helped herself by going two for two with 3 RBI’s and two runs scored including a single in the first over the second baseman’s head which brought in two runs.  Sara Koehler went two for three with one RBI and four runs scored, including a double to left in the fifth to score Holly Buchholz.

Sophie Amadori went three for four with one RBI and two runs scored while Molly Caliel went two for four including a double in the fourth inning to score Lauren Merkley.  She had two RBI’s and three runs scored.

Mackenzie Mulhurn continues to swing the bat well, going one for two with one RBI on a single to right field plus a deep drive to center field that was caught by Hilton.  She also scored once.  Fellow 10th grader Holly Buchholz went two for four with a couple of singles allowing her to score twice. 

 


FairporJV defeats Webster Thomas in Skalicky Debut

 

Raiders new JV coach Stacy Skalicky took her squad on the road for their first win at the DeWitt Elementary School fields against a good hitting Webster Thomas squad.  The game was never contested as Coach Skalicky’s girls dominated from the first inning.

 

Fairport racked up 19 hits off Webster’s pitchers and took advantage of 12 free bases either from being walked or hit by a pitch. 

 

Shortstop Morgan Kennedy went 3 for 4 at the plate and walked twice she scored four runs.  Landsdown  Kerrigan caught and went for 3 at the plate.  

 

Victoria Byrne threw six innings, giving up seven hits and 2 earned runs while striking out five. Byrne also went 2-5.  Megan Chilbert threw the seventh inning giving up two hits and no earned runs. 

 

Claudia Giambrone went 3 for 6 with a double and two singles 

Firstbasemen Mackenzie Mulhern crushed a double to deep left field in the second inning and scored three times.

 

Erin Ozminkowski played a strong third base and went for 5. So did  

Molly Caliel. She went 3 for 5 and  also scored three times for Fairport.      

Thr victory was Skalicky’s first as a Fairport coach. The last time she won as a Raider, then Stacy Luwick was pitching Fairport to a Section V title. 


Raiders Tame Titans

Defense, hot bats lead Fairport to season's first Sec V win

The warmth of Florida couldn't help them bring their defensive game around, so leave it to a 40 degree western New York spring day to make the Fairport Raiders' leather start popping.

 

With every fielder but one making defensive outs; some, of the spectacular nature, coach Curt Johnson's team offered their best day in the field to turn away an improved Webster Thomas team, 6-2.

The win kept the Raiders undefeated at 4-0 and became their first Section V victory of 2018.

Fairport's sister act of Victoria and Carina Catalano provided all the runs the Raiders would need in the fourth inning. Tori cracked her second HR of the season to right centerfield to start the inning. After a Meg Palmer single, Carina deposited her first varsity homerun over the left centerfield wall.

The 3-0 lead that outburst provided was reduced in the Titans' next at bat.

Webster Thomas's first two hits against senior Raider pitcher Clare Aroune came in the bottom of the fourth and scored one run. Thomas would add another run in the sixth on a single and double. 

In between, Fairport fielders turned in one top play after another that stopped Titan attempts to rally. Outfielders Julia Egan and Haley Sax each ran down outfield flies. Palmer stopped another inning by chasing down another. Bryn Holmes stopped a skipping grounder at third, then threw a one-hopper that Carina Catalano scooped at first. Aroune also scooped up a weakly hit ball in front of home plate and snapped of a dart to first to get the batter. 

The top plays were made on screaming line drives. Co-captains Maddie Sehnert and Victoria Catalano made them. Sehnert sprinted to her right and speared a liner that would have been a triple in the second inning. 

Catalano backhanded a line drive at second base that wasn't a foot off the ground to end Thomas' sixth inning threat. 

That made way for another three run outburst by Fairport. Catalano walked. Palmer singled for her third hit of the game. Sehnert singled to load the bases. Then Aroune, on a 3-2 pitch, hit a towering ball to left center that bounced once and skidded under the fence for a ground rule double; still enough to score two runs. Mazurkawicz followed that up with a sacrifice fly to right field to score Sehnert.

 

Aroune struck out Thomas' final three batters in the seventh to give her seven K's  for the game and her fourth victory in the circle of the season.

 

Charlotte Klimasewski earned two at-bats in the game. Lexi Wheeler also pinch hit.  Zoe White, Lauren Dragoone and Lauren Foster entered the game as pinch runners. 

 


Raiders Featured On HS Radio Show April 7

 

Fairport softball coach Curt Johnson will review the Raiders first week of play on the Connors & Ferris High School Sports Show Saturday April 7th on WHTK Hot Talk 1280 AM. 

Coach Johnson and Clare Aroune spoke with host Jeff DiVeronica, who also recognized the senior as the Section V Girl Athlete of the Week  

The Raiders have rolled out to a 3-0 start with victories over Bullitt East of Louisville, KY, Independence High School (OH) and Jackson County High School (KY), outscorin their opponents 34-10. 

Listen to be complete interview here. The Raiders segment begins 33:30 into the show  

http://www.cnbhighschoolsports.com/media/audio/20180407.mp3

 


Raiders Beat Jackson County 15-0
Plenty of Offense, No-Hitter Close Out 3-0 Week of Play in Orlando
 
 
Seven Fairport seniors hope to make the 2018 Spring a season to remember. Some start. Some don’t. What the Raiders learned in their finale in Florida Thursday, a 15-0 victory over Jackson County (KY) is their seniors can deliver, whenever called upon. 
 
Charlotte Klimasewski demonstrated that after subbing into Fairport’s game  lineup in the third. The second year varsity player made player of the game plays. Klimasewski drove an rbi single in her first at-bat. She drove home two more later with a triple to left. Her best hit of the day was a warning track bomb tracked down by the Lady Generals.   
 
But Klimasewski’s web gem worthy of the network that hosted the Raides week of play at ESPN Wide Word of Sports Zone easily was the game’s most memorable. Jackson County’s only hit to leave the infield all game jumped off the bat to left centerfield. Klimasewski was faster, sprinting to her left and stabbing it with a knee high catch to end the fourth inning. 
 
The out was the toughest in the Raiders first no-hitter of 2018. 
 
Pitcher Clare Aroune struck out nine while walking four. When Julia Mallow cradled the game’s final out in the fifth inning on a short pop up along the first base line, it ended the game by mercy rule 
 
Fairport moved out to a 5-0 lead in the first on a handful of hits.  They built their lead to 8-0, then 10-0 before scoring five in the fifth to seal the scoring. Meg Palmer and Maddy Sehnert each had theee hits. Chloe Humphrey, who got the start at catcher, Lexi Wheeler and Lauren Foster struck for two hits each. Both of the Catalano sisters had hits, including a double by Carina in the first, her first varsity rbi. 
 
Mallow, Lauren Dragoone and Haley Sax also saw action in the field and at bat. 
 
The Raiders return to western New York to open their Section V league play next week. Theyre scheduled for three games including A clash with Webster Thomas at Webster Town hall Monday at 4.

Raiders Rally To Pull Out 2nd Victory
Back to Back Bombs Key 9-8 Comeback
 
Victoria Catalano, Maddy Sehnert and Clare Aroune, Three Raider seniors homer in Fairport win over Independence (OH). 
 
Fairport earned its second victory in dramatic fashion, staging a three run rally in its  last at bat to beat Independence (OH) 9-8 at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando April 3rd. 
 
Coach Curt Johnson’s team built a 5-2 lead on RBI’s from Maddy Sehner and Meg Palmer and a solo HR from Victoria Catalano, then saw their opponent tie the game then take a pair of two run leads. 
 
With the score 8-6 in the bottom of the 7th, Palmer muscled out an infield hit. Sehnert stepped up and tied the game with a giant game- tying homer to centerfield. 
 
Two pitches later, Clare Aroune cracked another deep ball to center. Independnce’s centerfielder made a desperate lunge at the wall. Aroune’s shot hit her glove as the fielder crashed through the fence. When the home plate umpire signaled homerun, it set off a celebration at home plate that signaled the Raiders’ second of the season.  
 
Junior Julia Egan pitched four strong innings. Egan was relieved by Freshman Bryn Holmes.  Aroune entered the circle late in the seventh to close the Blue Devil rally.
 
Caolinnn Murphy went the distance behind the plate. Lauren Foster and Haley Sax played the corners in the outfield. Carina Catalano played tight defense at first base. 
 
Senior Charlotte Klimasewski entered he game late as a pinch hitter and doubled   She scores the Raiders sixth run on palmer’s sixth inning single. 
 
Lexi Wheeler also played third base late  The game when Holmes entered as a pitcher. 
 
The Raiders play a third full game at 10 am Thursday against Jackson County (KY) before heading home to begin their Section B schedule. 
 

Raiders Take Opener at Disney

 Balance keys 10-2 win over Bullitt East

 

Fairport registered its first win of the season with steady bats and plenty of defense in a 10-2 victory over Bullitt East of Kentucky at ESPN Wide Word of Sports Zone April 3rd. 
 
Seniors Meg Palmer and Clare Aroune each had 2 rbi. Maddie Sehnert drove another run in and the Raiders took advantage of other fielding errors bytheir opponent to ring up runs in innings 4, 6 and 7. 
 
Freshman Bryn Holmes drove the first pitch of the season for her first varsity hit. Holmes later turned a double play on a line slap from Bullitt East that she stabbed and then threw to first. 
 
Sophomore Carina Catalano made a diving catch of a looping infield fly along the first base line to register another out. Both Catalano, Homles and Haley Sax made their first varsity starts. 
 
Sax made her debut memorable by slap tapping a pitch a foot over her head down the third base line. It led to a throw in error hat would send Sax to third. 
 
Fairport opened he scoring with a four run fourth without delivering a single hit. After pinch hitting and walking, then advancing on a past ball, junior Lexi Wheeler was moved to third on a error following a Sax bunt. When Sax stole second, Bullitt East overthrew the base allowing Wheeler to score. 
 
Sax moved to 3B, then scored on an illegal pitch. 
 
After walks by Holmes and senior Victoria Catalano, fellow co-captain Meg Palmer’s fielder’s choice scored Holmes. 
 
Carina Catalano then scored her sister on another fielder’s choice. 
 
Fairport scored three more times in the fifth. Two runs came in on a single by Aroune, who went 2-3 on the day. 
 
Junior Lauren Foster also singled iin her first varsity at bat when she pinch hit earlier in the game. Seniors Charlotte Klimasewski and Reilly Murphy also had pinch hit at-bats. 
 
Aroune went five innings, striking out nine and walking six. Bullitt East scored two runs on three hits in the fifth. 
 
Julia Egan relieved Aroune in the sixth and ran up the two inning save with a strikeout. Egan also singled in the second inning. Bryce Mazurkawicz caught both Raider pitchers. 
 
Junior Zoe White saw extensive action as a pinch runner. Lauren Dragoone also entered the game to run in mid-game. 
 
The game marked coach Curt Johnson’s first win as a Fairport varsity softball coach. 
 

Follow Raider softball game coverage live on Twitter when you follow @FptSoftball. 

 

 

 

 


Riding High

Senior Maddy Sehnert Doing `Her Thing'

 

 (Senior CF Maddy Sehnert gallups home in a 2017 game against Hilton)

 

The smell of cold mud, the sight of your breath and the feel of a long sleeved sweatshirt are spring softball in western New York. Maddy Sehnert takes to them as easily as the crack of her bat on a low outside fastball because they're experiences that can remind her of the horse farm where she has worked and spent some of her best time riding horses.

 

“I remember the first time I went, I was seven. I rode a horse named Star. And Star used to share a stall with a goat named Henry. That goat kept running into my leg for some reason,” said Maddy,  the Raiders center fielder and senior co-captain said. “And I remember thinking `I didn’t know they could share stalls; goats and horses.' It was fun.”

 

For eleven years, Sehnert has traveled to the Meadows of Mendon to ride and care for animals. Horses named Miracle and Ford are her favorites now. Some days she'll spend time just braiding their manes.

 

“I still do it for the fun of it. I've made a lot of friends there. At one time I was the youngest at the barn, so it’s been fun growing up with everyone and getting together to ride,” Sehnert said.

 

Maddie is a camp counselor at Meadows in the summer and teaches young riders how to get the most out of their time with the horses.

 

“We teach them how to ride horses , but also, doing stuff around the barn. Taking care of the animals. They learn the responsibilities of caring for the horses and why that matters as much as anything. I like to teach them all I learned when I was their age.”

 

Every Saturday used to be a day with the horses. Maddie considered becoming a veterinarian.  When her high school years arrived, she sat down with her parents and committed to the only other thing she enjoyed more than horses.

 

“I’d been playing basketball and softball and it was about that time that I realized, the game I loved most was softball. So, as a family, we decided we would go for it. That meant that we wouldn’t head to the stables during the season and really focus on softball and getting recruited for college,” Maddy said.

 

Through her efforts with the Raiders, and in travel softball, Sehnert met with representatives from schools interested in her blend of homerun power and speed. She will attend LeMoyne College in the fall and play softball while studying pre-med or biology.

 

“Everyone has that one thing where, if they need to get away from something, they do that one thing. Softball has been that way for me,” Maddy said. “If I get stressed out, I always go to the fields and hit for a long time. I find it relaxing as anything. Riding horses used to be the only thing I wanted to do, but it's just softball now. I feel like that's become my thing.” 

 

And after years of her one place on the diamond being first base, Maddy discovered the joys of tracking down flies and line drives in the outfield; where chasing a screamer in the gap from center can feel like standing up in stirrups and leaning a horse into full galllop.

(CF Maddy Sehnert chases a fly ball to the warning track at Mercy in 2017: "You're the last resort.")

 

 

I love to run a lot and I like knowing all the pressures on you at the moment that ball heads beyond the infield. You’re the last resort,” Sehnert said. “When it gets there, it's all kind of up to you at that point when you get the ball. That’s about as much fun for me as anything in the game.”

 

Another is being with her teammates, including joking around with them as often as possible. Few field as much of Maddy’s humor as the teammate she’s played with the most; senior pitcher Clare Aroune.

 

“I remember a Little League All Star game we played against each other when we were ten. I hit a grand slam off her. I bring that up all the time and she gets mad and says it didn't count as a real home run because there wasn’t a fence,” Maddie said with a smile. “And  I’ll say `whatever.’ I still have the ball. My coach gave it to me. He said he’d never seen a ball hit that far.”

 

As easy as the game can feel for her sometimes, Maddy admits the hardest part of it can be when she gets hard on herself.

 

“Most people don't realize how hard I am on myself. Sometimes I don't realize how hard I am, actually,” she said.

 

As excited as she is to go to college and play the game, Maddy says she’s never been more focused on her school team and their chances in this, her third varsity season.

 

“We’re working to help everyone on the team understand that we’ve gotta just leave it all out there this year. The seniors, we don't have much to lose. If we don't make it, it's our last year, so we don't have any more chances.”

 

And even in her last Raider roundup, Maddy knows she's made memories for a lifetime, both on the field, and around the stables.

 

"I'll always love them both, softball, and horses. A lot of times, they feel like the same kind of fun."


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Catalano Victorious Beyond The Diamond
 
 
When she gets on a roll, Victoria Catalano can knock them out in a hurry. 
 
And before she knew it, in answering the question, why commit your life through high school to the game of softball, the Fairport senior 2B started snapping the answers off like hanging curveballs over a leftfield fence.
 
" You always work for what you want."
"You get what you put into it."
"You earn what you get."
 
Call them "Tori's Takes" on a game she believes has set her up, in all the best ways, for success beyond the diamond. 
 
"My parents instilled in me the work ethic to always work toward what you want. So that's what we do. I thank them every day for supporting me in this way, because I absolutely love the game."
 
It's why, 12-months out of the year, softball stays close to Tori. She's been all in since leaving behind dance in the ninth grade. When she's not strength training three days a week, she's hitting, with a coach and without one two days a week. Travel ball practice gives way to daily school ball practices. Daily school games give way to weekend travel tournaments. 
 
"I still remember signing up for little league. I’ve always loved learning and, really, kind of been a nerd with my focus on school - to this day," Catalano said. " But even if I played the game every day for the rest of the life, there would always be something new you could learn; that you could apply to life. That's why I love it. I think I’ve learned more about life from softball than life itself."
 
Her hard work has paid off in a roster spot on four Raider varsity teams. After earning all league honors as a sophomore, Tori was named to the Democrat & Chronicle All Greater Rochester first team last spring. 
 
"It was a big honor for me. To be recognized for something as big as that. It was really cool.  My coaches have alway said 'you work for your starting spot in the college position.'  But it’s a cool honor to be able to be recognized by coaches around your area as a top player."
Her ability to hit for power and play second base also led her to the softball program at LeMoyne College. She'll study to be a teacher, like her mother Deb, a fourth grade teacher at Northside Elementary. She's confident the game's prepped her to be both a college athlete and a teacher. 
 
"Softball  is really is a game of failure. You’re meant to fail in it. Something as simple as going to bat and getting out seven out of ten times, It teaches you to learn and move on. Because if you hit safely three out of ten times, you're being really successful.
"Because all it takes is the next pitch. All it takes is the next inning. All it takes is the next game, and you're going to turn it around."
 
Tori's takes make her sound like a coach in the making, too.
 
"When you think about it,  that idea is very common for a softball player. You’re not always going to hit the homerun. But I think it’s something you’ve got to experience. Not all sports are like that. Once you do, it just kind of becomes normal. You don’t always succeed. In that way, softball teaches you that failure isn’t such a bad thing. It just leads to success."

Tori works to share that outlook with her younger teammates, including her sister, sophomore Carina.
 
"We've done so much together in softball. We, and my younger sister Juliana, we're best friends - and softball's helped. All the practices. Games. We'll hit together in the winter in our basement, then go down to Fellows Road park when its warm," Catalano said. "When I think about it, I can count on one hand the number of times I've been driving my car and Carina hasn't been in it. We're really close."
 
Tori feels she and her Raider teammates are closer than ever to her remaining high school softball goal.
 
"We've thought about this season lot. And going out with a bang. And coming so close and always against Victor. It’s hard. But it’s also motivating," she said. "And every year, with four years now, things change.  Half the team's brand new this year. New coaches this year.  You get to start over. But it all comes back to just really working hard at what we're doing. That's how you bring home the brick. "
  
 
 

 

 

Congratulations 2018

Fairport JV Raiders

SOPHIE AMADORI,HOLLY BUCHOLZ, VICTORIA BYRNE, MOLLY CALIEL, 

MEGAN CHILBERT, CLAUDIA GIAMBRONE,

COURTNEY HEININGER, SARAH KOEHLER, GRACIE LAFAY, KERRIGAN LANSDOWNE, 

MORGAN KENNEDY, LAUREN MERKLEY,

MACKENZIE MULHERN, ERIN OZMINKOWSKI, HANNAH RADELL, 

EMILY THOMPSON, CLAUDIA WRONA


Congratulations 2018

Mod A Raiders

Cecelia Byrne, Audrey Buscher, Hannah Deigro, Isabella Fitzsimmons, Sarah Grover, Juliana Haus, Megan Johnson, Lainey Kull, Rachel McCoy, Macy Ostrander, Ashley Ray, Morgan Rider, Tayanna Rosa, Natalie Wayman


Tiny and Mighty

"Whatever it takes" Zoe White Ready for Raiders

Goose droppings rarely make for magical softball memories.

The ones Zoe White stepped in while playing Fairport Little League haven't exactly been bronzed on her bedroom trophy shelf, but they also have not faded from her memories of why softball is the sport for her.

"The game can be like that. You play where you need to, you do what you have to; when you step in it, you wipe if off your cleats and you keep doing your best," said White, who begins her first full season as a varsity outfielder with coach Curt Johnson's team.

“It’s the kind of thing some have told me may not be seen by my peers, but it’s what I do. Whatever needs to be done,” White said.

Like pinch running in a sectional game after getting called up from JV for the post season. Such was the case last year for Zoe, who joined four other sophomores in the late-season call up.

“That was fun, being around the team. Doing whatever needed to be done.”

It’s the junior’s idea of leadership she looks forward to lending to a squad of 19 in pursuit of a sectional title.

“I can’t throw the hardest and I may not hit the farthest. But I know the game and I love learning the new things we are learning with Coach Johnson, with the footwork and the thinking ahead in situations,” White said. “Hopefully the whole team realizes there is a role, no matter how big or how small, for each of us.”

And with a coach on record as saying he will apply any player’s strength to make the team better, White and the others could see opportunities arrive. Zoe prefers to just focus on her commitment to each softball assignment she's given.

"Adults recognize work ethic and the amount of passion someone puts into it. Even working at Wegmans, my managers tell me how I work hard and am great to be around. So I’m just glad people do recognize that."

Zoe has played nearly every sport, from gymnastics and soccer (she played while living in Hawaii) to karate (orange belt.) But softball, she says, spoke to her.

"Communication is a key part of the game, and I find it’s easier to communicate with everyone at all times, solve the problem or realize other situations can occur. Like in math. And it's easier to get involved when you know people are supportive and always communicating."
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Zoe earned plenty of playing time on her modified and JV teams. Her travel ball experience since last fall has helped her think the game faster.

"It’s a a game of communication. You’re never out there on your own even when it feels like you are. The team game of it works for me. You can think on every pitch, whether you’re in right field or on the bench. I’m someone who constantly needs to be doing something. My Mom got me involved because she needed me to be engaged so she could do what she needed to do. Softball turned out to be the best experience. And it helped us have this really strong bond together. My Mom and I are always together in softball.”


White will compete for playing time in the Raider outfield with at least several other juniors and returning varsity starters Julia Egan and co-captain Maddie Sehnert.

Though just a shade under 5"3", Zoe’s stature has never kept her from enjoying her experience in the game.

"I'm still a tiny person, but I'm like an ant: tiny, but mighty."

And committed to being healthy and fit. Should she not receive steady playing time, Zoe is prepared to work hard and build her strength and fitness levels during Raider practices.

"I want to do anything for the team. All we want is that brick. And if I can help us do that, then I will."nd if I can help us do that, then I will."


Stepping Up For Your Team

Senior Klimasewski Excited For Every Chance 

 

Ten months seems like the snap of a pitcher’s wrist when Charlotte Klimasewski thinks of her last varsity inning of Section V play.

 

There she was, Fairport’s designated hitter, stepping into the box of the Class AA championship game with the Raiders trailing Victor 2-0. It was the bottom of the seventh, two outs. Junior Clare Aroune had singled two batters before. Klimasewski was the tying run at the plate that would extend the sectional title clash.

 

“I remember being so nervous. And I just looked down the third base line and there was coach (Aimee Bruckell) giving me the biggest smile. She looked me as if `what’s going to happen is going to happen, so go for it.’ It gave me so much confidence. It meant a lot to me,” Klimasewski said.

 

Being in that moment might have been too much for some. Charlotte took her cuts against the Blue Devils.

 

She’d worked all Spring of 2017 in her first varsity season on a team full of sluggers trying to find a way into the lineup, and she’d broken through. By the end of the spring, she’d become a lead option for DH or DP on a Fairport squad that poured on the offense. Klimasewski picked up extra base hits in the at-bats she got and joined a stacked lineup that finished second in Class AA regular season, then moved through Webster Schroder and Rush-Henrietta in the post-season.

 

As Blue Devil starter Erin Wong kicked toward the plate to seal the Raiders’ fate, Charlotte felt calm. She connected with the game’s last pitch. The ball bounced back to Wong, who tossed to first for the final out.

 

As sad as she and the rest of the Fairport team felt after the 2-0 setback, Chartlotte carried with her from that game something from which the 2018 Raider varsity softball team and the Raider varsity alpine ski team would benefit.

 

As captain of the girls alpine squad, Charlotte made sure every skier felt comfortable, informed and confident as they made their practice runs and race runs down Bristol Mountain this winter. To Charlotte, it was the same support she felt from her softball coach at the title game in Brockport the previous spring. But for those who know her, it’s just the senior’s nature; to help others feel a part of it.

 

“With skiing when I started, I was so nervous. I didn't know anyone. I'd never raced. As a sophomore and junior year,  I just realized that, even though it’s an individual sport, you’re part of a team,” Klimasewski said. “Then when senior year arrived, I felt honored that they named me captain. I just tried to help anyone anyway I could.”

 

Charlotte remembers one teammate she connected with early in the season.

 

"One of our new skiers was a freshman who'd never raced before. I’d remembered being in exactly in that boat. So we just tried to go out of our way to help him. Just to let him know, it's just a sport, you do your best, and then you enjoy the run.”

 

It’s an approach to any game Charlotte grew, thanks to the support of her mother, Sarah, and, even more so, her father, Tim; who coached her in little league and in travel ball through her softball days.

 

"Since playing t-ball, I started with just my Dad. Softball brought me and my Dad closer. He's been my travel coach for 7 years. It's given me something to bond with him,” Klimasewski said. “When I was 6 year old, I didn't think I'd be doing it but here I am. I remember so many spring and summer afternoons. Just throwing with him. He made a pitching circle once, when I was pitching; he’d anything to improve my softball skills.”

 

The commitment kept on those warm afternoons helped Charlotte embrace the idea that while softball’s a team sport, improving as an individual helps the team.

 

“In my first year in varsity, I wasn’t expecting much, but I realize how important it is to improve at the little things. Improve at hitting. Standing in the batter's box. I'll take it any day,” Klimasewski said. “As much as I like skiing and the thrill of going down the hill, I'm in love with softball. And knowing what you can do in that position; how you can change the whole game, that’s as much fun as one person can have playing the game.”

 

She’s worked hard to work her way into the lineup of new Raider coach Curt Johnson. Charlotte’s looking forward to her first trip to Orlando with the Fairport team and the memories that can be made at ESPN Wide World of Sports, and the Disney parks.

 

“The girls I've met the whole journey, they're my best friends. We've created strong b0nds. So you want to win, you want to get better. But just meeting these girls, we're so loving and caring, it's the best."


Raiders Host Sandy Creek in Pre-Florida Scrimmage

Coach Curt Johnson's varsity Raiders welcomed Sandy Creek from Section III in a modified scrimmage inside Fairport High School March 24th. 

Defensive teams stayed on the field for back to back three out innings; needing six outs to go on offense. 

Fairport threw five pitchers, starting with senior Clare Aroune. She was followed by freshman Bryn Holmes, sophomore Carina Catalano and juniors Julia Egan and Julia Mallow.

Sandy Creek, the defending Class C champion in Central New York, threw Section III Player-of-the-Year Carly Stoker for four of the Comets' five defensive innings.

Both teams worked on offensive and defensive situations substituted through each three out inning. 

 

Left: soph. Carina Catalano wind up as junior Lexi Wheeler gets ready at 3B. Right: Coach Johnson huddles with his Raiders.

 


"Never Seen A Dude Throw Like A Girl"

JV Coach, Alum Skalicky Teaching Raiders How To Fire It

 

 

Stacy (Kuwick) Skalicky pitching the Raiders to victory in 2009.

 

 

Softball players can play well beyond their glory days. Adult leagues keep men and women on the diamond from ages 18-80.  

But what about a pitcher, especially one who set the standard where she lives,  and kept growing her talent at the college level? Is she left to the inevitable: those who can, play and those who can't teach?
 
Stacy Skalicky does both.
 
Fairport's new JV softball coach keeps on chuckin' from the circle during late spring, summer and fall. And she still works at a craft that made her the Raider program's most accomplished pitcher. She's also introducing some of the training and mechanical ideas to the girls who will deal from the rubber for Fairport this season.
 
"I look forward to working with the pitchers, and sharing with them some of the same things I did every day in the morning from freshman year in high school  to senior year in college," said Skalicky, the former Stacy Kuwick, who led the Raiders to four consecutive Sectional titles from 2006-2009. 
 
Skalicky has moved tools such as the slide mat into the routine at the Raiders early practices. Elastic bands build resistance training in the JV and Varsity pitchers who will fire for Fairport this spring 
 
"We train one day, we throw the next. We want to build arm strength at this stage to avoid injury. It can be a long season. A lot of the concern for overuse of arms is form-related. If you pitch with strong form, the arm, the shoulder, your joints will stay healthy," Skalicky said.
 
Whether that style of strength training will lead any of this year's Raiders to light up the radar gun the way Stacy Kuwick could is... unlikely.
 
One of her secrets was training in a steel contraption known as the Finch Windmill, a machine developed by the father of Jennie Finch. Stacy turned both arms into guns by stressing them both simultaneously in the rig. It also built muscles on both sides of her body.
 
"If you build muscle and gain strength only on one side, it can be detrimental, so I spent as much time as I could in that."
 
Her commitment helped Skalicky, in her junior and senior seasons at Fairport,  throw in the mid 60 m.p.m.-range; often reaching speeds of 66 and 67.  She pitched at a time when a high school softball pitching rubber measured just 40 feet from home plate.
 
"Yeah, it was crazy. Really not fair to the batter when you think of it. They changed the rules (in New York State)  not long after that to the 43-foot college distance we have today," Skalicky said.
 
Skalicky (3rd from left) with her senior teammates in 2009.
 
All of that energy delivered to the batter came from a person who was, by anyone's account, anything but large. Skalicky built her abilities with daily workouts. A self described "geek" who spent a lot of time with hand-held video games, she built a regimine of bungee stretching and throwing into padded mats. She cemented her commitment in a conversation with her father.
 
"He sat me down and said `Alright, if you want, we're going to go all in on this.' I gave up a lot of things then. I never skied. I gave up water tubing. Things that could lead to injury and keep me from my commitment to the game. But as I look back, the sport created a lot of the way I am. And I'm glad it did."
 
Skalicky went on to great success at Syracuse University. She is grateful for the experiences pitching for the Orange provided.
 
"I played in the College World Series tournament. Got my butt kicked, but we got there. All through it, I played against the absolute top competition in the game. In travel. In college.  It's a tremendous opportunity that can only be positive. Can only make you better - as a person."
 
What also made it a natural fit for Skalicky was her analytical mind. The geek in her helped her understand how she threw, what to identify when things weren't going the way she wanted, and how to fix it so they would.
 
"I always had  a heart for figuring things out. My father is an electrical engineer at Harris and I would go in with dad when there was still Take Your Child To Work days. I'd go in, take a tour, get a lunch, then I’d watch him work on computers, I'd be on my Gameboy. It all felt right," said Skalicky, who now works fulltime at Harris as an engineer.
 
"I think softball is still the strongest thing I do, but I perform as an engineer pretty well," Skalicky said. 

She still does the strongest thing she does in men's softball leagues. Skalicky plays for teams in Webster and Henrietta recreation leagues. She joins squads when there's a need. Few men have learned how to softball pitch, compared to previous generations. 
 
"There aren't a lot of guys who do their own thing, but as far as the kid of pitching we do in women's softball, Never seen a dude throw like a girl," Skalicky said. "I still throw all my pitches. We go from 46 feet so, there's more time for the batter. I love how laid back the men's game is. There's so much more drama in the women's game when you're in the circle. With the guys (in rec league,) you just throw."
 
Skalicky shares that idea with the Raiders pitchers in practice.
 

"There is a demeanor you have to carry on to that field that helps you keep strong. You’re teammates are going to look at you. If you’re down, they’re going to get down. That’s an experience built thing. It's why pitchers need to get in as many innings as you can, as many experiences. There’s no crying in softball. You can’t let your emotions get to you. My dad would say `you can always cry in the car on the ride home.'"

 

Coaching Fairport's JV is, for Skalicky, a chance to reconnect with the game, as it's played by young women.

I was really excited that things are going so smoothly. I’m learning so much from (varsity coach ) Curt Johnson. The things he does and the way that he does them are great. I look forward to working with the pitchers with the pitchers with the same thing I did every day."

 

 

Raiders "Smalls" Appreciates The Little Moments

 

It is a different kind of spring for Fairport senior Megan Palmer, a season that includes what the Raider shortstop describes as the first of many lasts.

 

“I’m really excited about this season, but it’s also sort of a bittersweet time. I know my time at Fairport’s ending,” the four-year varsity starter said.

 

It’s the reason the one teammates call “Smalls” is soaking up the laughs and good times that’ve come with winter open gyms, captains practices and now, the preseason workouts leading to a season-opening trip to Florida and a run at a Section V title.

 

When I first played on varsity, I was just like “hey, I’m playing with the varsity. This is great. No expectations. Just did my thing,” Palmer said. “But the second and third year, I put more pressure on myself and it got harder. This year, I’m more relaxed, just going my thing again.  And we’re looking good.”

 

Megan earned started at second base her freshman year. She’s been the full-time starting shortstop since, often batting at the top of the batting order. It’s a familiar place for her in athletics, for as she’s earned four varsity letters in softball, she’s spent just as much time working on the top four of Fairport’s medley relay swim team.

 

She earned a state title swimming the medley with her teammates in 2013. Meg also swam the butterfly, among other strokes, for the Raiders swim team. Swimming’s been part of her life since taking lessons at age seven and soon after, joining FAST.

 

“It’s been an amazing experience. I feel blessed to have been part of it and to have such great teammates and coaches who pushed me and supported me to be my best.”

 

Megan also heaps credit on the people she says she couldn’t have done any of it without.

 

“My parents and my brother have been absolutely behind me the whole time, driving me to practices, constantly driving to meets and, for softball, tournaments. They are the people behind the scenes it made it possible and I love them for it. Though I’ll be they’re glad I’m driving now.” 

 

 

The individual nature of competitive swimming can be a close comparison to what it takes to perform on the softball diamond, said Megan, who also believes the difference is always how well the team supports each other.

 

“The people make the team. Working hard together. Learning life lessons together; the value of putting work into something you’re passionate about. And you get to make long lasting relationships with friends and coaches, that’s what I love about it.”

 

And if you’re lucky, you can also pick up a long lasting nickname out it, too. Such was the case with Megan, who remembers, as a freshman not picking up on some of the humor of the veteran players. It moved team captain Katie Skolnick to recite a famous line from the movie “Sandlot.”

 

“She just smiled and turned to me once and said, `You’re killin’ me Smalls.’ And I guess it just stuck. I like it. You know, I’ve never even seen the movie. But it works. Plus when `Skippy’ (Skolnick) gives you a nickname, you better take it.”

Non-stop training and competition have made Megan a scholar athlete. She’ll swim at SUNY Geneseo. Biology is her major. She’s not sure whether that’ll lead to a career in the FBI, or physical therapy, or to life as a teacher and coach. 

 

Megan’s not sure whether she’ll play softball at Geneseo. Coaches have told her swimming and studies will plenty. She does know that when she wants to downshift from sports, she loves heading into the great outdoors with her family.

 

“Hiking and fishing and camping, it puts things into perspective. Sports and school aren’t everything. Being with your family, friends. That’s the best."


Cleary Wants Raiders To Know Championship Feeling

 

(Raiders varsity coach Curt Johnson with first-time assistant MacKenzie Cleary .)

Chaos comes suddenly when you work where MacKenzie Cleary has worked.

 

Finding focus, working with your team for the best outcome, and doing both for the betterment of others, has helped the 2013 Fairport alum find success.

 

It worked when she was one of the best pitchers in Greater Rochester’s high school ranks. It works now in her role as a behavior tech at the ARC of Monroe.

 

As the Raider’s new varsity assistant softball coach, she will work to show Fairport’s diamond ladies how applying both can bring the best results.

 

“They want a Sectional title. They work hard and they’re getting the hang of the things Curt (Johnson) is introducing,” said Cleary. “As a coach, I would like the girls to just confide in us and feel we have their back. I want them to accomplish their goals. And that’s what I hope happens.”

 

Helping others comes naturally to Cleary, who found her passion for service at The ARC of Monroe last summer. She applied her Psychology degree from University at Albany first as a direct support staffer, assisting the agency’s adult clients. She knew the job was for her after she left it for two weeks to work in the county’s social service department.

 

“I went back to the ARC to pick up my last check there and a client came up to me running yelling `Kenzie, you’re back.’ It brought me to tears. Later that day, I asked my old boss if I could come back and it worked out.”

 

What the 23-year old likes best about the work is dealing with a client when they’re experiencing what’s known as a “behavior;” which can be anything from a psychiatric disturbance to a challenging manifestation of a person’s intellectual and developmental disability.

 

“I work in a behavioral room (at the ARC) and everyone has challenging behaviors. I like it. I like the challenge of working together when the person has a behavior, then with my co-workers to determine the best response,” Cleary said. “It’s chaotic. I think that’s why I like it so much.”

 

Cleary kept calm in the chaos of the pitchers circle as a Raider. The four-year varsity player earned All Greater Rochester honors each season while running up a 41-17 record and a 1.99 ERA with 357 strikeouts. Her pitching   lead Fairport to three Section V Class AA titles> She earned MVP honors in each championship tournament.

 

She carved out a career .500 average with 19 home runs, 132 RBIs, and a .898 slugging percentage.

 

“High school softball was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. Winning championships was the best feeling. I want these girls to feel what I felt. That’s one reason I’m coaching. I want them to know what it feels like,” said Cleary.

“As cliché as it sounds, I feel blessed. My teams had success. And I got to play Division I softball.”

Cleary played her freshman season at St. John’s, then transferred to the University at Albany. She earned Second Team All-Conference honors in her final two springs. She batted .321 with five RBIs, three doubles, and one home run. As the Great Danes starting first baseman, Cleary led her team with 123 putouts and a .949 fielding percentage.

 

MacKenzie also earned All Academic honors as a student athlete.

 

You had to be all in for all the workouts, the practices. If you weren’t, it was mentally exhausting. It shaped me into the person I am today. Being so focused. You gain so many life skills from being a Division 1 athlete. It’s made my work ethic what it is.  I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for sports.”

 

Most of this year’s Varsity and JV Raiders aren’t aware of Cleary’s accomplishments. Some have asked if she played, and where, but haven’t had a sense of her contributions to the program.

 

“That’s no big deal I want people to know me for who I am, not because I just played softball. I’m around them and I feel so old. Except for a few camps where I coached, I’ve never been around kids this age before. But I like it,” Clear said.

 

In her first two months around the 2018 edition of Fairport softball, Cleary sees plenty of talent. She works with Johnson and the infield during fielding drills and also observes the pitchers.” It's not the first time the two have worked together. Johnson coached Cleary during her high school years on the Battery Lightning travel team.

 

“I’ve pitched at their level, nothing more. I can help them with the mental part of it, being determined.  We’ll help them understand why it’s best for everyone to work together, to stay together as a team.“

 

Especially when, inevitably, chaos comes; whether in the middle of a game, in the middle of the season or when the game’s on the line.

 

“That’s how they’re going to get it done,” Cleary said. “I think they’ve got it.”


Raiders Varsity Roster of 19 Announced

Johnson promotes 10 first-timers

Fairport varsity softball coach Curt Johnson announced his team's roster with nine returners and ten first-time varsity players.

Seven seniors will lead the 2018 Raiders, including a pair of four-year varsity players: co-captain Victoria Catalano and Megan Palmer. 

Co-captain Clare Aroune and Maddie Sehnert, both three-year varsity players, will be joined by second year varsity players Charlotte Klimasewski, Caolinn Murphy and Reilly Murphy

Junior Julia Egan is back with the Raiders and is joined by eight first-time varsity players from the Class of 2019: Lauren Dragoone, Lauren Foster, Kaitlyn Koneski, Julia Mallow, Bryce Mazurkiewicz, Haley Sax, Lexi Wheeler and Zoe White.

Sophomores Chloe Humphrey, a returning varsity player, and first-year varsity player Carina Catalano will also join a team that will include freshman Bryn Holmes.

Johnson also announced the Raiders are close to finalizing a scrimmage with Sandy Creek. The team from Section III and Oswego County will come to Fairport in March before the Raiders trip south to Orlando, Florida where they will open their regular season at the 2018 Disney Spring Training event.


Raiders Will Scrimmage Oswego County team before Florida Trip

Fairport's varsity will warm up for their Spring trip to Florida with a live scrimmage against a Section III team which boasts one of the state's best high school players. 

The Raiders will host Sandy Creek of Oswego County March 24th at 3:30 p.m. The game is scheduled for Fairport High School and will be played indoors or outdoors, depending on weather. 

Sandy Creek will be led by Carly Stoker, the Central New York 2017 Player of the Year. The senior will be joining Raider alum Sydney Bolan and play softball at Central Connecticut State University in the fall.


UPDATE: Raiders Open with Out-of-State Games

Cleveland team, not Chicago team will be 2nd opponent

 

Fairport will play teams from Kentucky, Ohio and South Carolina when it opens its 2018 regular season schedule at ESPN Wide World of Sports Zone over the Easter week break.

Coach Curt Johnson's Raiders will face Bullitt East of Louisville, Kentucky Tuesday April 3rd at 11:00 a.m. The next day, Fairport will meet Independence, from outside Cleveland, Ohio. Independence replaces  Deerfield, from the northern suburbs of Chicago, which dropped out of the event. The Wednesday April 4th game is an 8:00 a.m.start. 

The Raiders have a busy Thursday scheduled, with an 8:00 a.m. scrimmage against Andrews High School, from Andrews, South Carolina April 5th. Right after the scrimmage, Fairport plays its third regular season game against Jackson County High School from McKee, Kentucky at 10:00 a.m.

Upon returning from Orlando, Fairport opens its Section V schedule Monday April 9th at Webster Thomas.


Practice Matters

Coach Curt Johnson Ready To Get Raiders Rolling

 

Kids may change. Sports don't.

Sure, rules evolve; a pitching rubber may move back a few feet from one year to another. Player substitution and batting order regulations can change from week to week. One field may have a fence, another doesn't.

But Fairport varsity softball coach Curt Johnson sees any sport he coaches in simple terms with staying power: know the situation. Know your job.  Do it as well as you can. Shake off mistakes and keep playing hard after you make them.

"This game's not easy for some young people. When someone strikes out, everyone knows. A line drive out can be a good at-bat. A ball gets by a player, everyone sees it," said Coach. "We work hard to help them understand that the game is a thinking game."

Johnson will gather his first Raider varsity team together when tryouts for Fairport softball begin March 5th. Three days of tryouts will lead to the final roster. Though he's coached teenagers the game for more than 20 years, it will be the first time in more than a decade he'll get to run his team through practices on a daily basis.

"In travel, you have kids who will travel an hour and a half two hours to get to practice. The team arrives from all points. And you get them every two weeks or once a week," Coach said. "I'm looking forward to getting started. Because I enjoy practice time. Working on stuff we don’t work on every day. The offensive situational stuff. Our calls."

When asked what he looks for in a player, Johnson responds,"sanity." Translation: players who want to be there; on the field for practice and on the field when given an opportunity in games. People who like the game and want to play it. Every day.

"Obviously kids in sports, they want to be there. They want individual attention (from the coach) to learn."

And when Johnson is addressing his teams, he expects them to listen and be on point. 

"I go back to when I was at Brockport, when our new AD arrived, and I was the coach, he came in and said 'these kids are different.' And I said, sports doesn’t change. The discipline and structure of sports don’t change. They always provide the best way for young people to learn a game. Look at the Patriots. Does Bill Bellichek allow his players to check their cell phones when he's introducing the game plan.  Successful programs, teams, they focus. That’s the expectation."

In each of his opportunities to be with players this winter; at open gym sessions and at his Fairport Skills Clinic, Johnson coached footwork and mechanics. Not every repetition includes every player throwing the ball. Infielders hop as a pitch is released. Feet are aligned toward the target. Bare hands pick up slow rolling grounders and bunts. They're methods Johnson has learned from studying the game with top coaches from across the country.

Considering his team will practice twice as much as they play games this spring, Coach will introduce diverse practices each session.

"They get their water breaks, but every minute is planned. Keep an eye on the clicks. Warmups at the start of practice, they’re not going to warm up with the same person. Change it up with somebody new."

As for offense, Johnson believes varsity players arrive with the swings that are theirs. He leaves private hitting instructors to form them with the player and rarely tries to change them.

"If you hit ground balls and you're successful, that's great. If you're hitting home runs, line drives. If you're slapping and you're successful, then that's the way for you." 

Half of the eight returning Raider seniors and three prospective juniors vying for varsity roster spots are familiar with Johnson's practices, having taken part in the travel program Coach helps run.

"We're excited the season's finally here. It'll be good to get into a rhythm with our group."


It's All In The Placement

Sophomore Chloe Humphrey Excited to Make Softball Memories

 

It's only an inch difference. But as she crouches behind home plate, catcher Chloe Humphrey knows when her pitcher may have an advantage. 

"If the batter is up in the box, it doesn't have to be much farther up in the box than the last pitch, it can mean the difference between a fastball or curveball," said Chloe, a 10-grader ready for her second season on the varsity.

"I like the intricacies of the game. I love to talk about it, learn about the game. That's one of the fun things about being a catcher. It's the little things. When I first started, softball was just something that I did. Now, it's something I want to do all the time." 

Chloe was the only freshman to earn a varsity letter with the Raiders in 2017. She enjoyed two starting catcher assignments early in the season, against Victor and Mercy. She admits the experience was great and, a bit overwhelming. Chloe was thankful the returning varsity players helped her get used to the top team.

"I had never played softball at that level before in my life and I was so lucky to play with so many amazing players and against so many great ones, too. I liked how everyone was welcoming and made the experience a good one for me." 

Chloe plays travel ball and trains when high school ball is not in season. Her coach happens to be one of the lead coaches for the Raiders' main rival, and defending Sectional champion, Victor.

"We have a great time together training, but we tell each other that on those two days in the Spring, we don't like each other," Chloe laughs.

A top student, Chloe is challenging herself with honors Chemistry and Math courses: two fields of study where the exact nature of things matters. Just like behind home plate.

"I can't wait to get started this year and make some amazing memories with everyone on the team."

 

 

 

 

 


 

Registration for the 2018 Spring Baseball and Softball

 

 

Fairport Little League offers programs for boys and girls from 4 to 16 years old.
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For other frequently asked questions, click here.
 
9-14 year olds must register by Feb 28 to guarantee a spot in their age group.
4-8 year olds must register by Mar 15 to guarantee a spot in their age group.

When you are ready to register your player, find his or her age group below to register online and pay by credit card. 
All players must register in a League that fits their birthdate.
Players of some ages have a choice of leagues.
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Two Modified Coaches Excited For Second Season At The Helm

Fairport softball will see two coaches return in their roles as leaders of the Mod A and Mod B Martha Brown teams

Melissa Faeth is back for her second season as coach of the Mod A squad. She'll lead 7th, 8th and 9th graders new, or returning to the program. Faeth is a physical education teacher at Minerva Deland School.

Mike Ramsey teaches technology classes at Martha Brown. For the second year, he'll lead MB's Modified B team .

Faeth and Ramsey are the only returning coaches in the softball program following the arrival of Varsity coach Curt Johnson. JV Coach Stacy Skalicky and Mod B Johanna Perrin coach Marissa Evans will be joining the program this spring, as will assistant varsity coach MacKenzie Cleary.


Crossover Move Takes Evans From Court to Mod B Diamond

 

Fairport's Modified B Johanna Perrin softball team will be coached by Red Raiders Girls JV basketball coach Marissa Evans. The Fairport School Board approved her assignment to the Mod B squad. 

Evans, a 2009 graduate of Fairport High School, and Nazareth College alum, is also a special education teacher at Northside Elementary School. 


Fairport Pitching Great, SU Product Skalicky Named Fairport JV Coach

 

Fairport's School Board approved the hiring of all-time great Red Raider pitcher Stacy Skalicky to be Fairport's new JV softball coach. 

Skalicky, formerly Stacy Kuwik is a Fairport Class of 2009 grad. She rewrote the Red Raider pitching records when she was in the circle for coach Amie Carr's championship teams. Skalicky led Fairport to three Section V titles including in 2008, when she pitched a 19 strikeout, three hit victory over Webster Schroeder in the Class AAA title game. She was named to the New York Class AA All-State First Team as a senior and was two-time third-team all-state Honoree. She led the team to its first Western Regional win and first New York State Championship title game appearance. Skalicky earned 2009 Democrat & Chronicle All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year honors and three-time Division I Player of the Year and four-time Monroe All-County First Team selection . In her senior year, she Posted a 22-3 record with 309 strikeouts, seven no-hitters, a perfect game and a 0.20 ERA.  She also led the team with a .561 batting average, 46 RBI, 29 extra base hits, eight home runs and six stolen bases during her senior campaign

 

After her Red Raider career, Skalicky pitched for Syracuse University.

Skalicky complied a 60-25 record in her first four seasons with the Orange. 

Skalicky works as a software engineer at Harris Corporation. She will join coach Curt Johnson for Fairport softball tryouts March 5th.

 

She's the second Red Raider alum to join the coaching staff since Johnson was named varsity coach to succeed Carr. Mackenzie Cleary (Fairport 2013) will join Johnson as an assistant varsity coach.

 


New Raider Coach Old School and New School

 

Old school. New school.

Some coaches believe you have to be one or the other.  

Fairport’s new softball coach may be both.

Curt Johnson will be incorporating modern methods of communicating to his softball team during games when the West Irondequoit native, SUNY Brockport grad and longtime local softball coach guides the Raiders in 2018. But Johnson, who’s always attended coaching clinics and enjoys learning about new things in the game, said while the game will keep evolving, the fundamentals of the game will be how his student athletes experience the game first at Fairport.

“It still goes back to throwing, receiving, ground balls, fly balls. Fundamentals that we will work consistently at,” said Johnson, who was named the Raider varsity softball coach December 19th.

 

Johnson plans to install wristband cards for pitching and color cards for defensive calls for the Raiders varsity and JV teams.

 

“We’ve seen that it  (wristbands) reduce communication breakdowns between coach and catcher and catcher and pitcher,” said Johnson, who said all defensive players in the lineup for the two squads will wear the wristbands. “It helps fielders know what pitch is coming, which helps them prepare the next pitch.”

 

The wristband system calls for the coach to announce from the dugout a three or four-digit number that players find on the card. The number will correspond with a pitch thrown by the pitcher. Johnson’s color coding system will speak to the position of fielders.

 

Johnson says he is also not averse to adding fundamentals from baseball that would benefit his Raiders teams. “

 

“If there’s a fundamental in that game that can apply to our game, we’re going to try it out, and if it works, we’ll apply it in a game. Some coaches say that can’t be. I’ve found some can,” said Johnson.

 

Johnson has crafted his approach to the game through his recent years of instructing softball for players whose families are interested in seeing their children play at the college level. Johnson is lead instructor for the UNY Revolution, formerly the Battery Lightning. Six returning varsity players and several JV and Modified A players are familiar with Johnson and his focus on fundamentals, including footwork and hand and glove work.

"In the end, it's about players being engaged. We will go through practices and work on these fundamentals. We have a plan to keep kids working hard, and constantly, so they don't become disengaged with practice," said Johnson, who looks forward to having daily workouts during the season, instead of the single, weekly workouts his travel teams hold.

"In those teams, you have girls coming from long ways away and so you can't get together as often. Here everyone's in the same community. And we will keep them engaged. That's up to me and my staff and the people who will lead those practices."  

Johnson expects to oversee his first open gym session January  8th.

“We’re looking forward to getting started.”


Fairport Welcomes Johnson As New Varsity Softball Coach

                       

Curt Johnson has been teaching the sport of softball for more than 25 years. He has coached Section V softball champions. He’s raised two division I softball players. He’s coached pitchers and middle infielders and elite travel softball teams around the region.

The next step on his coaching journey will bring him to Fairport.

The Fairport School Board approved Johnson’s selection as varsity coach December 19th. Johnson succeeds Aimee Carr, who announced this fall she would step away from the team after the birth of her first child.

"Excited and ready to go," said Johnson.

"During the interview process, he was able to clearly articulate the values that we strive to teach through our interscholastic program," said Fritz Killian, Fairport Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. "Interscholastic athletics is about teaching life skills through sport and preparing our student athletes to be champions in life." 

Johnson is a physical education teacher at Rochester Abraham Lincoln School No. 22. He has been a long time softball coach who has coached teams of all ages in the UNY Revolution (formerly Battery Lightning) organization.

Johnson coached high school softball at the Mod A, JV and varsity level for 18 years. He coached the program at Brockport High School in the 1990’s and led Brockport to three of the the school’s eight Section V Class AA titles in that decade. Johnson later coached the varsity softball program at Greece Olympia.

His daugthers Kelsey (outfielder/Mercy) and Riley (IF/Greece Athena) both played college softball at Syracuse University. Johnson also co-founded the Greater Rochester Area Summer Softball and Baseball Camp.

 Fairport’s new coach will be meeting with students and parents of the Fairport softball program January 2 in Fairport High School Room 512 at 3:45 p.m. Athletic Director Killian said all softball players are welcome to attend if it does not conflict with their current winter sport.

Johnson plans to bring prospective Varsity and JV players together for the first Open Gym workouts beginning the evening of January 8th.

 Johnson will also be in attendance at the next Fairport Softball Booster Club meeting scheduled for Tuesday January 9, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Fairport High School Room 110.


Booster Club Minutes


March 6, 2018

7:00 PM

Type of Meeting: Monthly Booster Club Discussion

 

Location:  Fairport High School – Room 110

 

Board Members Present:  Lynn Mazurkiewicz, Jim Murphy, Jim Aroune and Jim Egan

 

Invitees: Varsity Coach – Curt Johnson.  Coach was not able to attend due to Varsity/JV softball tryouts being held at the same time.   

 

Attendees:  Julie Foster, Bill Mallow, Linda Koneski, and Tracy Humphrey. 

                    

I.      Welcome from President:  The Booster Club meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm.

 

Review and Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes:  A review and approval of the prior meeting minutes from the February 6, 2018 Booster Club meeting was taken.  Move to approve:  All members were in favor.  Approved: 4-0.

 

II.      Items Discussed:

a)      Budget 2017-2018 - Budget and Treasurer’s report was presented by Jim Murphy.  Items presented by the Treasurer included:

·        For the most recent month end 2/28/2018, starting balance of $11,394.52, with income of $3,498.78 and expenses of $14,609.70.

·        Settlement checks with the Spencerport and Brockport school districts were still outstanding as liabilities but should be cleared soon.

·        The income line of $3,498.78 was the result of the Moe’s and 2018 FHS Softball Winter Clinic fundraisers.

·        The expense line item was primarily attributable to the Varsity Spring 2018 Disney trip.

·        There were no questions regarding the Treasurer’s report for this meeting.

 

 

 

b)      2018 Varsity Spring Trip – Booster Club addressed the meeting attendees regarding the upcoming 2018 Varsity Spring Trip.  The following items were presented at the meeting:

·        The trip dates include a departure date of Sunday April 1st and returning date of Friday April 6th;

·        The flight will be out of Buffalo on Southwest.  Departure time is 10:00 am, so the team and anyone flying will need to arrive at the Buffalo airport by 8:00 am.  Arrival time in Orlando is expected to be around 12:00 pm. 

·        Players will not choose who they sit with on the flight or stay with at the Resort in Disney.

·        There will be at least one 18-year old Senior per player room.

·        There will be 3 games and 1 scrimmage.  The actual schedule will be made available to players and parents once the Varsity roster is set. 

·        The team will be staying at the Caribbean Beach Resort on the Disney property (phone number 1-407-939-1936).

·        Parents of players traveling can book their own travel.  The Booster Club President has offered Parents the opportunity to utilize a travel agent that the Board has reached out to, but it is not required.

·        Total cost per player will be around $1,500., and includes travel, room, board, and 3-day pass to Disney.

·        There may be a Varsity Spring Trip fundraiser for players going on the trip to help offset the costs.  More information to follow.

Parent Julie Foster asked how many adult chaperones would be accompanying the players.  Booster Club President Lynn Mazurkiewicz indicated there will be three (3), herself, Booster Club VP John Catalano and Booster Club Secretary Jim Egan. This is in addition to the Varsity Head Coach Curt Johnson.

 

c)   2018 Parent Meeting – Once the Varsity and JV rosters are finalized following tryouts, the annual parent meeting date and time will be announced. 

 

d)   Fundraising for 2017-2018 – Fundraising for the upcoming year was discussed as follows:

1. Can and Bottle Return – Cans and bottles can be dropped off at Kan-King located on Rt. 31F across from the new ESL Federal Credit Union branch.  Collections of cans and bottles are on-going and are put on the Booster Club’s account with any proceeds received quarterly.  

2. The Booster Club is anticipating a Sticky Lips BBQ fundraiser night.  Time and date to be announced. 

3. Fairport Softball Program.  The Booster Club discussed this as a possible fundraiser for the upcoming year.  More info to follow. 

4. Homerun Cards.  The Booster Club has implemented this fundraiser for 2018.  Cards will be $15 each with minimum sell of 7 cards per player.

5. Fairport Softball pancake breakfast at Champps Eastview Mall Victor is set for May 20, 2018.  More details to follow.

 

 

 

 

e)   Publicity/Director of Media PresentationFairport Softball Booster Club Director of Media and Publicity Jim Aroune gave a presentation regarding the communications side of the Booster Club.

·        Jim is still looking for players to profile on the website.  Parents and/or players would contact Jim to provide photos and information for Jim to add to the site.  This would essentially be a “get to know” the player profile.

·        The Booster Club continues to work on increasing the content and exposure of the website and social media outlets such as Face Book and Twitter. 

·        Will need parents of all the levels of Fairport softball to provide game details for their respective teams as well as any in-game pictures that parents are willing to share of their players. 

·        Jim discussed the importance of “sharing” news from the Fairport Softball website on social media to increase our exposure. 

 

f)    Coaches Corner – There was no Coaches Corner as Varsity Coach Curt Johnson was running tryouts at the same time as the Booster Club meeting was held.

 

e)   Clothing – Fairport softball clothing purchasing opportunity will be made available once the Varsity and JV rosters are set. 

III.      New business

Open items regarding new business – No new business was discussed.

 

IV.      Adjournment – The Booster Club meeting was adjourned at 7:40 pm.   Moved: Tracy Humphrey; Seconded:  Linda Koneski.  Approved: 4-0.

 


February 6, 2018

7:00 PM

Type of Meeting: Monthly Booster Club Discussion

 

Location:  Fairport High School – Room 110

 

Board Members Present:  Lynn Mazurkiewicz, Jim Murphy, Jim Aroune and Jim Egan

 

Invitees: Varsity Coach – Curt Johnson.  Coach was not able to attend due to the Softball Open Gym that was scheduled at the same time.   

 

Attendees:  Kris Lohr, Bill Mallow, Tim Klimasweski, and Tracy Humphrey. 

                    

I.      Welcome from President:  The Booster Club meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm.

 

Review and Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes:  A review and approval of the prior meeting minutes from the January 9, 2018 Booster Club meeting was taken.  Moved: Bill Mallow; Seconded:  Tim Klimasweski.  Approved: 4-0.

 

II.      Items Discussed:

a)      Budget 2017-2018 - Budget and Treasurer’s report was presented by Jim Murphy.  Items presented by the Treasurer included:

·         For the most recent month end 1/31/2018, there were no income or expenses;

·         Settlement checks with the other applicable High School Varsity Softball teams were still ongoing, but should be wrapping up soon.

·         The Moe’s and 2018 FHS Softball Winter Clinic checks for deposit have not cleared as of yet.

·         There were no questions regarding the Treasurer’s report for this meeting.

 

 

 

b)      2018 Varsity Spring Trip – Booster Club addressed the meeting attendees regarding the upcoming 2018 Varsity Spring Trip.  The following items were presented at the meeting:

·         The trip dates include a departure date of Sunday April 1st and returning date of Friday April 6th;

·         Location will be the ESPN/Wide World of Sports complex at Disney in Orlando FL;

·         Playing schedule will include 3 games and 1 scrimmage;

·         Plane ticket cost per player will be approximately $540.00;

·         The team will be staying at the Caribbean Beach Resort on the Disney property (phone number 1-407-939-1936);

·         Parents of players traveling can book their own travel.  Tim Klimasweski asked the Board what did parents do two years ago for the trip, response was parents stayed off Disney premises; 

·         Total cost per player will be around $1,500., and will include travel, room, board, and 3-day pass to Disney;

·         The game/scrimmage schedule is still unknown, however the schedule will be communicated to parents as soon as it’s known and the Varsity team is announced;

·         Parents of players attending the spring trip will need to weigh the benefits and costs of either staying on the Disney property or off property for their own purpose and comfort.

·         Varsity Coach Curt Johnson will be attending the trip, however Varsity Assistant Coach Mackenzie Cleary will not be able to attend the spring training trip.

 

c)      Fundraising for 2017-2018 – Fundraising for the upcoming year was discussed as follows:

1. Can and Bottle Return – Cans and bottles can be dropped off at Kan-King located on Rt. 31F across from the new ESL Federal Credit Union branch.  Collections of cans and bottles are on-going and are put on the Booster Club’s account with any proceeds received quarterly.  

2. The Booster Club is anticipating two Moe’s nights.  Tentative dates are 2/28 and 3/15, times are 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  A question was posed by the attendees if funds from this fundraiser are designated solely for the Varsity Spring Trip.  Treasurer Jim Murphy responded that these funds would go into the Booster Club’s General Fund.

3. Two potential fundraisers with Niagara Chocolate and Fowler’s Chocolate in Buffalo were discussed. 

4. Homerun Cards.  The Booster Club will look into setting this up for the 2018 season.  Booster Club will look into increasing the price per card from $10 to $20.

5. Fairport Softball breakfast at Champps Eastview Mall Victor is tentatively set for May 6, 2018.  This may include the annual car wash as well.  More details to follow.

 

d)   Publicity/Director of Media PresentationFairport Softball Booster Club Director of Media and Publicity Jim Aroune gave a presentation regarding the communications side of the Booster Club.

·         Jim is still looking for players to profile on the website.  Parents and/or players would contact Jim to provide photos and information for Jim to add to the site.  This would essentially be a “get to know” the player profile.

·         The Booster Club continues to work on increasing the content and exposure of the website and social media outlets such as Face Book and Twitter. 

·         Jim is looking into utilizing “iScore” for game updates during the season, uploading social media game pictures, and possibly have over the internet “radio broadcasts” of some games.  Details to follow.

·         Last item mentioned was that Twitter is the best direct place to get up to date information.   

 

e)   Coaches Corner – There was no Coaches Corner as Varsity Coach Curt Johnson was running Softball Open Gym at the same time as the Booster Club meeting was held.

 

f)   Open Items for discussion – There were no other open items brought to the Booster Club’s attention or for discussion. 

III.      New business

Open items regarding new business – No new business was discussed.

 

IV.      Adjournment – The Booster Club meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.   Moved: Kris Lohr; Seconded:  Tim Klimasweski.  Approved: 4-0.

 

2017-2018 Fairport Softball Booster Club Board Members

Lynn Mazurkiewicz – President lynnmazurkiewicz@gmail.com 305-4006

John Catalano – Vice President johnjcatalano@mac.com 261-4040

Jim Murphy – Treasurer murphyj14450@gmail.com 414-5236

Jim Aroune – Publicity Director jjmaroune@gmail.com 315-956-1184

Jim Egan – Secretary jegan715@yahoo.com 752-3501


January 9, 2018

7:00 PM

Type of Meeting: Monthly Booster Club Discussion

 

Location:  Fairport High School – Room 110

 

Board Members Present:  Lynn Mazurkiewicz, John Catalano, Jim Murphy, Jim Aroune and Jim Egan

 

Invitees: Varsity Coach – Curt Johnson.

 

Attendees:  David Dragoone, Linda Koneski, Julie Foster, Bill Mallow, Jess Mallow, Michelle Merkley, Kevin Sax, and Tracy Humphrey. 

                 

I.Welcome from President:  Booster Club meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm.

 

II.Review and Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes:  A review and approval of prior meeting minutes from the November 2017 Booster Club meeting was taken.  Moved: Linda Koneski; Seconded:  Bill Mallow.

Approved: 5-0.

 

III.Items Discussed:

a)     Budget 2017-2018 - Budget and Treasurer’s report was presented by Jim Murphy.  Items presented by the Treasurer included:

·      For the most recent month end 12/31/2017, there were no income or expenses;

·      Total available funds were $7,854.00 with $360.00 in restricted funds;

·      Proposed Budget for 2018 is projected income of $18,595., with projected expenses of $17,321.35;

·      Fundraising activities will be of key importance for the upcoming year.

 

 

 

b)    2018 Varsity Spring Trip – Jim Aroune addressed the meeting regarding the upcoming 2018 Varsity Spring Trip.  The following items were presented at the meeting:

·      Trips dates include a departure date of Sunday April 1st and returning date of Friday April 6th;

·      Location will be the ABC/Wide World of Sports complex at Disney in Orlando FL;

·      Playing schedule will include 3 games and 1 scrimmage;

·      Cost per player will be approximately $1,500., which includes flight, room, meals and travel while at the complex as well as a 3-day pass to Disney;

·      The team will be flying out of Buffalo on Southwest Airlines and a deposit for the plane tickets has already been made by the Booster Club;

·      The Booster Club is looking at hotel accommodations for those parents and family members that plan on going to Disney that week;

·      Initial planning includes some form of specific fundraising for those players who will be going on the trip with more information to follow.  Kevin Sax asked if any trip fundraising would be for the team as a whole or for the specific player.  Jim Aroune and Jim Murphy indicated it would be for the specific player;

·      Additional information regarding the trip to follow.

 

c)     Fundraising for 2017-2018 – Fundraising for the upcoming year was discussed as follows:

1. Can and Bottle Return – Cans and bottles can be dropped off at Kan-King located on Rt. 31F across from the new ESL Federal Credit Union branch.  Collections of cans and bottles are on-going and are put on the Booster Club’s account with any proceeds received quarterly.  

2. The Booster Club held two Moe’s night fundraisers, one in November and one in December.  These raised $708.93 for the general fund of the Booster Club.  The Booster Club will be looking to hold two additional Moe’s nights in the coming months.  Additionally, the Booster Club may look at a Mark’s Pizzeria night as well.  More information to follow.

3. Booster Club Vice President John Catalano spoke at the meeting regarding a Fairport Softball Program for the upcoming 2018 season.  John indicated that this would be voluntary for the players to sell advertising slots in the program.  John also noted that if a player does sell ad slots but does not make the varsity team, the money would not go to the player but would go to the team.  The program would start ay 8-pages in length and would add on as additional advertising was sold.  The program covers and other premium slots would be on a first come, first serve basis. 

4. Homerun Cards.  The Booster Club will look into setting this up for the 2018 season.  Details TBD.

5. Fairport Softball program breakfast at Champps Eastview Mall Victor.  This fundraiser would be tentatively scheduled for early Spring 2018.  This may include the annual car wash as well.  More details to follow.

6. Booster Club President Lynn Mazurkiewicz indicated that the Club may look into a Niagara Chocolate fundraiser as well as the traditional Sticky Lips BBQ night that has been held in the past.  More information to follow.

 

d)             Publicity/Director of Media PresentationFairport Softball Booster Club Director of Media and Publicity Jim Aroune gave a presentation regarding the communications side of the Booster Club.

·      Jim is currently looking for players to profile on the website.  Parents and/or players would contact Jim to provide photos and information for Jim to add to the site.  This would essentially be a “get to know” the player profile.

·      The Booster Club continues to work on increasing the content and exposure of the website and social media outlets such as Face Book and Twitter. 

·      Also mentioned was the upcoming Fairport Softball Winter Clinic to be held on 2/3/2018.  The Booster Club was working on sharing this information with the Fairport Community and Fairport Little League. 

 

e)            Coaches Corner – The new Varsity Head Softball Coach Curt Johnson was introduced. 

·      Curt provided some background information to the meeting attendees regarding his past High School Softball coaching experience, his travel softball experience, and some other biographical information.

·      Curt indicated that after taking some time off from coaching High School softball, he wanted to return to the coaching ranks especially with a historically strong program such as Fairport. 

·      Curt also mentioned that he will have an assistant coach to help out for the 2018 season.

·      Parent/Attendee questions for Coach Johnson were as follows:

o   Linda Koneski – What are the anticipated practice times?  Curt – Earliest would be 4:00 pm;

o   Tracy Humphrey – Question regarding the bus travel for games.  Curt – the Varsity Assistant Coach and JV coaches would be traveling for games on the player bus;

o   Linda Koneski – What are the tryout dates?  Curt – Varsity tryouts will be held March 5th through the 7th (Monday-Wednesday).

 

f)            Open Items for discussion – There were no other open items brought to the Booster Club’s attention or for discussion. 

IV.New business

Open items regarding New Business – No new business was discussed.

 

V.Adjournment – The Booster Club meeting was adjourned at 7:35 pm.   Moved: Bill Mallow; Seconded:  Tracy Humphrey.  Approved: 5-0.

 


November 14, 2017

 

7:00 PM

Type of Meeting: Monthly Booster Club Discussion

 

Location:  Fairport High School – Room 105

 

Board Members Present:  Lynn Mazurkiewicz, John Catalano, Jim Murphy, Jim Aroune and Jim Egan

 

Invitees: Varsity Coach – N/A.

 

Attendees:  Tim Klimasewski, Bill Mallow, John Langston, Kameron Holmes, Michael Giambrone, Doug & Tracy Humphrey, and Linda Koneski. 

                    

I.      Welcome from President:  Booster Club meeting was called to order at 7:09 pm.

 

II.      Review and Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes:  A review and approval of prior meeting minutes from the October Booster Club meeting was taken.  Moved: Linda Koneski; Seconded:  Bill Mallow.

Approved: 5-0.

 

III.      Items Discussed:

a)      Budget 2017-2018 - Budget and Treasurer’s report was not presented as the Booster Club budget for the fiscal year 2017-2018 is on hold as the Varsity Softball coaching position became vacant since the last Booster Club meeting.  Mr. Giambrone asked if a preliminary budget had been prepared.  President Lynn Mazurkiewicz answered that a preliminary budget had not been prepared as of this meeting.

b)      Coaches Corner – With the announcement of former Varsity Coach Amie Bruckel’s resignation, there was no Coaches Corner presentation during this Booster Club meeting. 

c)      Fundraising for 2017-2018 – Fundraising for the upcoming year was discussed as follows:

1. Can and Bottle Return – Cans and bottles can be dropped off at Kan-King located on Rt. 31F across from the new ESL Federal Credit Union branch.  Collections of cans and bottles are on-going and are put on the Booster Club’s account with any proceeds received quarterly.  

2. The Booster Club will be holding a fundraiser night at local area Moe’s restaurants.  Time and date TBD.

3. The possibility of creating a Fairport Softball Program for the upcoming 2018 season was discussed.  Mr. Giambrone discussed some advantages and additional fundraising opportunities from a sports-based program.  Initially the program would start out simple and could be handed out at games.  Would provide advertising for local Fairport and Rochester area businesses.  Mr. Giambrone indicated that he could bring an example to the next Booster Club meeting.

4. Homerun Cards.  The Booster Club will look into setting this up for the 2018 season.  Details TBD.

5. Fairport Softball program breakfast at Champps Eastview Mall Victor.  This fundraiser would be tentatively scheduled for early Spring 2018.  More details to follow.

 

d)   Publicity/Director of Media Presentation – Fairport Softball Booster Club Director of Media and Publicity Jim Aroune gave a presentation on the Booster Club intends to increase the presence of Fairport Softball online and in the community.  These ideas included the following:

·         Refresh of the Booster Club website.

·         Update of parent email list for informational updates.

·         Possibly having parents send in photos of their daughters and their stories on how Fairport Softball has impact their life.  This could include Fairport Softball former players/Alumni. 

·         Increase presence of social media, specifically Twitter.  

·         Have parents possibly send in game footage during the season. 

 

e)   Open Items for discussionThe following consists of other items discussed:

1. Varsity Softball Spring Trip 2018 – With the resignation of the former Varsity Softball coach a discussion and some questions were asked regarding this topic.  President Lynn Mazurkiewicz indicated that the Booster Club was still moving forward with planning for the trip despite the lack of a varsity coach currently.  Mr. Humphrey asked if a deposit was made by the Booster Club for the airfare, which President Lynn Mazurkiewicz replied that a deposit for airfare had been made.  Tentative/initial dates for the Spring 2018 trip were indicated as 4/1/2018 – 4/6/2018. 

IV.      New business

Open items regarding New Business – No new business was discussed.

 

V.      Adjournment – The Booster Club meeting was adjourned at 7:45 pm.   Approved: 5-0.

 

2017-2018 Fairport Softball Booster Club Board Members

Lynn Mazurkiewicz – President lynnmazurkiewicz@gmail.com 305-4006

John Catalano – Vice President johnjcatalano@mac.com 261-4040

Jim Murphy – Treasurer murphyj14450@gmail.com 414-5236

Jim Aroune – Publicity Director jjmaroune@gmail.com 315-956-1184

Jim Egan – Secretary jegan715@yahoo.com 752-3501


October 3, 2017

7:00 PM

Type of Meeting: Monthly Booster Club Discussion

 

Location:  Fairport High School – Room 110

 

Board Members Present:  Lynn Mazurkiewicz, John Catalano, Jim Murphy, Jim Aroune and Jim Egan

 

Invitees: Varsity Coach – Amie Bruckel

I.      Welcome from President:  Booster Club meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm.

II.      Review and Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes:  A review and approval of prior meeting minutes was not taken due to the last booster club meeting being held during the 2016-2017 season (June 2017).

·         Approval of Jim Egan as Fairport Softball Booster Club Board Member, position Secretary.  Board voted, motioned, and approved.

III.      Items Discussed:

a)      Budget 2017-2018 - Budget and Treasurer’s report was not presented as the Booster Club budget for the fiscal year 2017-2018 is still in the preparation stages.  Should be available for the next booster club meeting to be held Tuesday November 14th, 2017 in room 105 at FHS.

b)      Coaches Corner – Varsity Coach Amie Bruckel.  Coach was present for a discussion on the activities for a Varsity team Spring Break trip.  She provided insight into the varsity team’s trip to Disney in 2015.  Additionally, she indicated that per the Disney Softball Complex website, a registration fee of $550., was due by 10/15/2017 or the registration fee would increase to $1,000., after that date. 

1. Initial costs per player for the Disney trip including airfare, hotel, meal plan, etc., is in the $1,200-$1,400 range. 

2. A motion to vote either in favor or not in favor for the Disney trip was taken, which was initiated and seconded by non-Board members with all participants voting yes for the trip.  Vote was passed.  Coach Bruckel then left the Booster Club meeting.

c)      Fundraising for 2017-2018 – Initial fundraising discussion was brought up for the upcoming year.  Set dates and times to be determined later.  The Fairport Softball Booster Club fundraisers will include the following:

1. Sticky Lips BBQ night.

2. Homerun Cards.

3. Fairport Softball program breakfast at Champps Eastview Mall Victor. 

 

d)     Open Items for discussion – The following consists of other items discussed:

1. An item regarding getting Booster Club information out to parents sooner was brought up for discussion.  Booster Club indicated that the information packet will be distributed to parents earlier in the process this upcoming year.  Additionally other information will be updated on the Booster Club website as well. 

2. Other items that were discussed included increasing the Booster Club’s presence on social media and having more parents participate in the monthly meetings. 

IV.      New business

Open items regarding New Business – No new business was discussed.

V.      Adjournment – The Booster Club meeting was adjourned at 8:03 pm.

 

2017-2018 Fairport Softball Booster Club Board Members

Lynn Mazurkiewicz – President lynnmazurkiewicz@gmail.com 305-4006

John Catalano – Vice President johnjcatalano@mac.com 261-4040

Jim Murphy – Treasurer murphyj14450@gmail.com 414-5236

Jim Aroune – Publicity Director jjmaroune@gmail.com 315-956-1184

Jim Egan – Secretary jegan715@yahoo.com 752-3501

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