LaMorte, Viesselman lead talented Foran team

Kendall LaMorte and Morgan Viesselman are Foran High softball captains.

Kendall LaMorte and Morgan Viesselman are Foran High softball captains.

Foran High Athletics / Contributed

Foran softball coach Julie Johnson has to look no further than her catching-pitching duo of co-captains Kendall LaMorte and Morgan Viesselman to have high hopes for the coming season.

“Kendall calls the games. She and Morgan work very well together. They are on the same page,” Johnson said. “Kendall is a dynamic player, not only as a catcher but she is an incredible hitter. We have her batting first. Most times she gets on with doubles and triples thrown in. We have strong hitters behind her with Mary Rodrigues and Morgan at three and four in the batting order. We are excited for this year.”

LaMorte and Viesselman set the pace for Foran that played it even at 9-9 in the regular season before the Lions took out two Class L teams from the No. 25 seed to reach the state quarterfinal round.

“This group got a taste of success last year. Now they come in knowing that although we lost two seniors, we can be good. Kendall, from the first minute you see her play softball, has that ‘It’ factor,” Esposito said on her Central Connecticut State University bound All-Stater who batted .605 with 42 hits, 26 RBI’s and four home runs. “She’s gritty, spirited, super-fast and goes all out. It is contagious.

“Morgan is the same. With Morgan and Kendall there are no off days. There are no off days. Morgan is a great competitor and a great leader. She is more vocal; Kendall lets her play motivate others. I’ve seen pitching growth from Morgan, who was pretty dominate in our scrimmage with Stamford.”

Foran brings back six seniors, four that started.

“Alexandria Hart did good job last year at first base. She hits with power,” Johnson said. "Chloe Nittoly is at second base and is our backup pitcher. She is gritty and aggressive at the plate, which we love. Lauren Stroffolino will be at shortstop. She had some injuries last year. She steps to the plate looking to hit. We’re hoping with a full season that will help her.”

Platooning is an option.

“Third base is our open position. Between third, shortstop and left field we will have a platoon. We have players to fill those spots with Lauren, her sister Haley Stroffolino and Julia O’Connell, who are freshmen, and Kaitlyn Beaupre. This week with our scrimmages that will help solidify those positions.

“Mary Rodrigues is a junior playing center field. She is fast, tracks the ball well. She will captain our outfield and will bat third. Right field is Sarah Connelly returning as a senior. She played both corners last year and is a great leader. Sarah had a couple home runs for us, including one in states. We are excited to have her back.”

Junior Isabella Speringo, sophomores Teagan Mulvihill and Olivia Jones, and senior Sanaa Darden and Kaleigh Porcu, will be utility backups.

Johnson, in her fourth season, said: “The top half of our lineup is basically the same. We’re still working out kinks. I think our success is linked to the bottom of our order and I’m optimistic that they will do well. We still have Warde, Notre Dame-Fairfield and St. Joe’s to scrimmage, so that will be good to see where we stand with those (state contenders). It will be a good indicator.”

Foran opens at home with Branford. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

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