Mathews Poised for Another Run at State

Mathews senior Tabitha Granelly at practice
Mathews senior Tabitha Granelly at practice

Mathews’ softball team had an unexpected season last year,  finishing with a 25-6 record, and as the Division IV state runner-up. 

“It’s slightly nerve racking just because last year we had  our goals for ourselves, but a lot of people didn’t expect a lot from us,” says  senior shorstop Jessica Marsico. 

This year, that’s all changed.  The goals are  tougher, and the expectations are higher. “You win state,” continues Marsico.  “You can treat  it like stairs or ladders, take it one step at a time to get to the top, but  essentially the top is our goal, and we want to get there and we want to  win.”

Jim Nicula, Mathews head coach says, “The expectations are  out the roof.  We went there last year, we finished as runner up, what is  your goal?  It’s gotta be to win it, when you have everybody  back.”
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That’s  right.  Mathews graduated only one senior, so all the key players are  back.  And, there’s a new addition to the coaching staff.  She’s a  Mathews grad, Division one All-American, and Greek National team member.   The Mustangs believe Alesha Perry is the one missing link on the road that leads  to state.

“You can’t  play at the level she’s been at, and not be well versed in just about the entire  game,” says Nicula of his new assistant.  “We learn stuff everyday, new stuff  everyday,” adds senior center fielder Tabitha Granelly.  “She  knows what she’s talking about.  She helps our mid-infield all the  time.  She’s just perfect.  The perfect coach  honestly.”

“I’m a hawk when it comes to the  fine details of the game and just doing everything technically right,” comments  Perry.  “I really think this year we’re focusing on the little things that  seem insignificant, but will make a big difference in the end.”

A difference that will hopefully  allow the Mustangs to finish their unfinished business.

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