The West Hartford Fury Travel 15U softball team won the regular season conference, and defeated another West Hartford team for the championship.
By Ronni Newton
West Hartford Fury was a runner-up in 2021, but in 2022 the team was crowned champions of the Northern Connecticut Girls Softball League.
“These girls have been together for four-plus years and had an unbelievable season,” said coach Sarah Hoisl, a 2016 Conard High School graduate who was a two-year captain of the school’s softball team and went on to play softball at Emmanuel College.
“They are a hard-working team who care a lot about each other and after losing in the championship last year they came back this year ready to win it all,” Hoisl said.
The Fury, a 15U travel team ended the season 11-1. They won the championship game 14-7 on Thursday night in what Hoisl said was a very tough contest, ultimately defeating another West Hartford 15U team. For the regular season, the Fury had a record of 9-1.
In addition to Hoisl, Marcel Diaz coached the team. Players were Ella Pesce, Nory McDonald, Isabella Mangini, Matti Ford, Keyara Craig, Arissa Hanner, Audrey Alerte, Alice Araya, Zoey Canning, Rachel Mathews, Megan Panarella, Jelitza Santiago, Teà Higgins, Celine Diaz.
Santiago pitched every inning of the season, and Mangini was catcher for every inning as well, Hoisl said.
Team members attend multiple local schools, including Hall, Conard, Northwest Catholic, Classical Magnet, Saint Tim’s, Sedgwick, and Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.
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