A new era of Suffolk softball begins in 2008, as former assistant coach Keri Lemasters takes the reins of the Ram program with a veteran squad back in the fold.
Lemasters, who served as an assistant for the last two seasons under former mentor Vicki Schull, welcomes back nine letterwinners in her rookie campaign, including juniors Ashley Gaboriault (Sutton, Mass./Holy Name) and Jess Ferreira (Cambridge, Mass./Cambridge Rindge & Latin), who batted .440 and .429, respectively, last spring. Ferreira belted six homers and drove in a team-best 36 runs, while Gaboriault added 13 extra-base hits (including three roundtrippers) to go with 33 RBI. Sophomore Erin O’Donnell (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable) enjoyed a solid first season as well for Suffolk, posting a .388 batting average with three doubles and 10 RBI, while junior Marie Trainor (Winthrop, Mass./Winthrop) and sophomore Valerie Liberatore (Chelsea, Mass./Chelsea) each checked in at .333 in 2007. Junior Kellie Hurlock (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) also lends experience to the Ram attack, as she batted .330 in 37 contests with three homers and 18 RBI.
Ferreira also paced the Rams in the circle with a team-best 12 victories, as she fanned 181 in 163 1/3 innings of work, while senior Jenna Mourey (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) added three triumphs in 11 appearances. Junior Rebecca Schalit (Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto) will also look to pitch in for Suffolk, as he made nine appearances as a sophomore while collecting 17 RBI in 33 contests last spring.
The Keri Lemasters era begins on St. Patrick’s Day when Suffolk begins a week-long stint at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., as the Rams will battle Bethany (W. Va.) and Utica in opening round play.