Rockets look to continue upward mobility

Manager: Chris Rawski, 2nd season

Last Season: 8-18 (6-8 SBC)

Batting Order: RF Allison Wolf; P Sam Durivage; 3B Justin Webb; 1B Theresa Stokes; SS Rebecca Florio; DH Kim Wahlers; C Maggie Tyburski; CF Sydney Street; LF Brandi Lochotzki

Outlook: After going 8-18 last season, a year that saw them start 1-10, the Oak Harbor softball team has started off the 2013 campaign with a 7-0 record.

The combination of good pitching from Sam Durivage, timely hitting and good defense has helped propel the Rockets to their great start, one that has come exclusively against non-conference opponents.

Thus far, the Rockets have won every game by at least seven runs and, in the few instances in which they've dealt with adversity, they've come through.

Having lost just two players from last season, Oak Harbor, under second-year head coach Chris Rawski, feature a front-line starter in Durivage, a number of quality hitters in Allison Wolf, Justine Webb and Theresa Stokes and a defensively-sound infield.

The lineup is, as follows: RF Wolf; P Sam Durivage; 3B Webb; 1B Stokes; SS Rebecca Florio; DH Kim Wahlers; C Maggie Tyburski; CF Sydney Street; LF Brandi Lochotzki.

“Sam's done a nice job (thus far),” Rawski said. “She's been attacking the hitters and letting her defense work behind her. Sam is leading us in the circle and is a big part of our offense.

“As a team, we will focus on putting the ball in play with two strikes and making the routine play on defense. Webb, Stokes, Florio, Street, Tyburski and Wolf will also be a big part of our offense.”

It's an experienced squad, one that has six players (Erin Bryant, Durivage, Florio, Tyburski, Street, Stokes) playing their third season at the varsity level, giving the team reason to be optimistic this year.

The preseason rankings had Edison and Perkins at the top with Oak Harbor picked sixth. Rawski is hoping that the Rockets will make a run at the league title, or at least finish near the top of the conference, and wants them to make noise in the tournament.

For their efforts last year, Wolf, Webb, Durivage and Florio were named honorable mention in the Sandusky Bay Conference.

In just a short period of time with the program, Rawski has already helped to instill a culture of winning with the players. He brings with him an impressive resume, one that features coaching stops at Sylvania Northview and Genoa. In fact, his 2006 Comet team advanced to the Division III State Semifinals in an incredible run. Needless to say, Rawski is hoping that kind of success will follow him to Oak Harbor.

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