Coral Springs Charter School looking forward to softball season

Coral Springs Charter School Head Softball Coach Mark Montimurro is looking forward to the upcoming 2015 season, especially since many of last year’s players are returning.

“I don’t want us to get too far ahead of ourselves but I do expect my team to go pretty deep into the playoffs this season,” Montimurro, who is starting this third year with the Lady Panthers, said. “We’ve got to just stay healthy and never assume anything, but know that making it to the Final Four is not out of the realm of possibility this year.”

The Lady Panthers have already been hard at work on the field to prepare for their 25-game regular season schedule, according to Montimurro, and last year the team finished with an 18-6 final record, a good starting point for this year.

Sophomore pitcher Allison Muraskin’s has a highly-regarded arm and senior pitcher Paige Fairchild, who has committed to the University of Detroit, has a veteran presence, according to the coach, and have the makings for some competitive match-ups this year.

“She’s a true ace,” Montimurro said of Muraskin, who has already given a verbal commitment to play softball at the University of Central Florida next year. “[Fairchild] can also play first base and offers her senior leadership out there too. We’re pretty solid in the circle.”

Additionally, junior Kayla Scaperrotta, who has verbally committed to the University of Northern Illinois, is versatile in the infield and outfield, according to her coach, which aids in rounding out Charter’s arsenal this year.

Aside from those returning on this year’s roster, Montimurro is set to dress 16 to his varsity team, and several other Lady Panthers hopefuls have earned a spot to represent the program at the junior varsity level. However, each player on each roster will consistently be required to prove that they deserve to be there.

“Nothing is a given… we’re solid all the way around, but we do have a brutally hard [varsity] schedule to face,” Montimurro added. “We’ve got strength in our pitching, defense and speed, and I expect us to do very well.”

The softball Lady Panthers play their home games at Betti Stradling Park in Coral Springs.

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