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Mar 13, 2023

Youthful RBC Softball Squad Poised to Mature This Season

By Les Pierce

Lily Hagan

Last year, the Red Bank Catholic softball team posted a 13-1 record in the A-Central Division and went 15-2 against Shore Conference foes. This was accomplished with a platoon of young players, including three frosh starters, who will be returning this spring with high hopes.

The one major disappointment of the 2022 season was a heartbreaking 10-9 loss to Saint John Vianney in the NJSIAA South Jersey Non-Public A tournament. Accordingly, a state title should be at the top of RBC’s list of goals for 2023.

Key returners are Nicole Knox (So. IF), Lily Hagan (So. P/IF), Jordan Terefenko (Jr. C), Bella Hurta (Sr. P/IF), Abigail Zebick (Jr. IF), Sophia Lasater (So. IF/OF), Morgan O’Sullivan (Jr. P/OF), Amelia Santos (Sr. IF) and Corina Wilton (Sr. IF/OF).

Knox led the squad last season with a .603 average and two homeruns. She was the only freshman named to the All-Shore First Team.

Hagan posted a .446 average and put six balls over the fence. On the mound, she achieved an ERA of 1.88 and struck out 107 over 67 innings. She was selected to the Shore Coaches A-Central First Team and the All-Shore Third Team.

Terefenko slugged six homeruns and batted .467 last year. She was rostered to the All-Shore Second Team in 2022 and the Shore Coaches A-Central First Team for the past two seasons.

At the plate, Hurta swatted a team-high 13 doubles and hit for a .412 average. As a hurler, she achieved a 1.92 ERA, fanning 115 through 73 innings. She was named to the All-Shore Second Team and the Shore Coaches A-Central First Team.  

Returning this spring, Abigail Zebick was sidelined for the entire 2022 season by an injury.  As a freshman in 2021, she blasted eight homers and drove in 32 RBI.  

New players who will be vying for playing time are Torri Case (Fr. OF), Cailin Naughton (So. IF/OF) and Brianna Santangelo (So. OF).

“We have one of the most challenging schedules in the Shore Conference and expect to compete for a division title, play deep into the Monmouth County and Shore Conference Tournaments, and make noise in the State Tournament,” Head Coach Tony Flego said. “All I ask of our players is that they look out for each other.  Success for each is success for our team.”