Published July 3, 2019
By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI
LYNNFIELD — On June 5, the Lynnfield High softball team had their awards banquet and five Pioneer players took home awards. Freshman Sarah Gearan (first baseman), received the Rookie of the Year Award.
Sophomore pitcher Reilly Ganter took home the Coaches Award while junior Breanna Serabian, won the Unsung Hero Award.
Senior catcher Allie Wing received the Outstanding Leadership Award while senior second baseman Taylor Tringali earned the Academic Award.
It was a very successful season for the Pioneers as they reached the Division 3 North semifinals before falling 7-4 to Austin Prep at Martin Park in Lowell back on June 14 to end the year at 14-8.
Austin Prep, meanwhile, went on to win the Div. 3 state title last Saturday beating Turners Falls 3-0.
“I was very happy with the way the season went,” said Pioneers manager Peter Marinelli, who just completed his ninth year at the helm. “I didn’t know what to expect coming into the season as we had no pitcher with varsity experience coming in. I feel that the team did an excellent job and was somewhat surprised on how good we did but, in the end, we showed that we deserved how far we got in the tournament.”
The Pioneers will lose two seniors to graduation, Wing and Tringali.
“Both girls did a great job,” said Marinelli. “Their experience made a difference.”
The Pioneers had three Cape Ann League All-Stars as Serabian, an outfielder, made the CAL First Team All-Stars. Wing and Reilly Ganter both made the CAL second team All-Stars.
Lynnfield finished at 9-7 in the league and they ended up in third place in the CAL Kinney division behind North Reading and Triton.
With over 10 veterans expected to return next spring, the expectations for the team will be high.
“We have a lot of talent coming back,” said Marinelli. “Hopefully the girls work hard during the offseason.”