Delaware Valley's varsity softball team looking to make some noise this spring
Last spring the Delaware Valley varsity softball team found itself locked in a tie for first place with cross-county rival Wallenpaupack Area for the Lackawanna League Division 2 title.
Both clubs closed out the regular season with a 9-4 tally and were forced to into a special one-game playoff in which the Lady Bucks prevailed.
Sadly, for the Lady Warriors, the loss to Paupack was an omen of things to come.
Seeded second in the District II/IV sub-regional tournament behind Hazleton, DV was upset by third-ranked Williamsport.
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The Warrior ladies return a number of past starters as well as some veterans that were sidelined last season due to injuries.
Juniors Amber Recksiek, at shortstop this year, and Lyndsay Floystad, now at catcher, are among last season’s leaders at the plate who are making a return this year.
Recksiek hit .388 counting five doubles in her 19 hits. She scored eight times and batted in 16.
Floystad also notched a quintet of two-baggers among her 16 hits. She crossed the plate 10 times herself and sent 13 home with her bat.
Floystad also saw 15 starts in the circle last season. Closing with a 4.23 ERA, notching 17 strikeouts in the process.
Time in the circle for her will probably be minimal as newer blood seems to be moving in.
Adding to the juniors on the roster, right fielder Mia Machado is back, as is Brenna Cavallaro, now moving to second base.
Machado landed eight hits and tallied half-a-dozen runs last season for a .364 average while Cavallaro only hit for .071 with one hit, one RBI, and three runs.
Brenna Silva, the only sophomore who saw considerable time last season, has taken up residence at third.
Neither Cierra Cavallaro nor Shelby Brittain logged much time on the diamond last season.
Both started the spring injured but the three-sport duo have had solid showings so far on the pitch and on the court and undoubtedly will be looked to for leadership on and off the field.
While Cavallaro will largely be filling the Designated Player role, she will see some time in the infield depending on DV’s pitching needs.
Brittain will be covering centerfield. Also, in the outfield, at right, is classmate Gabby Buckley.
Morgan Johns adds some senior boost to the infield at first while Sara Duffy rounds out the twelfth-grade compliment to the Lady Warriors.
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Jayda Mann, a junior, will be making the throws for DelVal this year, at least to start.
In her first league outing this season she went 5 and 2/3 innings against West Scranton, giving up 14 hits, 11 runs, and five walks while striking out one batter.
Coming in to relieve was Brenna Cavallaro. She picked up the remaining inning and a third against the Lady Invaders, yielding four hits and a pair of runs.
“It’s a rebuilding year for us,” said Head Coach Angelo Matz, “We lost a lot of big players, but the young players are tough.”
With a record of 1-1 in non-league action coming into the regular season, DV will contended with North Pocono and Western Wayne earlier this week.
They face Paupack on at home on Apr.12 and then head to Honesdale on Apr.16 and Valley View three days later.
The Lady Warriors close out the first half on the season with a three-game home stand. They welcome Port Jervis on April 21; Abington Heights on April 23, Honesdale on April 26.
All league games are tagged for a 4:30 p.m. start while the first pitch for the PJ game is slated for 11a.m.