SCOTIA Injuries deprived the Scotia-Glenville softball team of a chance to contend for the 2011 Foothills Council title.
Now, the Lady Tartans are looking to bounce back from a 4-10 league record that kept them out of the Section II Class A playoffs.
“There is no reason why we can’t compete with anybody in the Foothills Council if we stay healthy,” said Scotia-Glenville coach Eric McNulty.
One player hoping for a healthier 2012 season is pitcher Erica McNulty. The coach’s daughter missed most of last season with a pair of injuries, which forced her father to dip into the junior varsity team to find a replacement.
Coach McNulty said Erica has worked hard since the end of the 2011 high school season to im-prove.
“(The difference is) vast. It’s like night and day,” said McNulty. “My expectations for her will be high. She played throughout the winter, and she’s improved a lot.”
McNulty will also have a healthy Julianna Ferrari behind the plate catching for Erica. Ferrari also missed part of the 2011 season with an injury.
“I had Julianna and Erica on the same JV team, and we did really well that year,” said McNulty.
Ferrari and Erica McNulty are two of 10 returning players that Scotia-Glenville has this season.
“We have a defense behind her (Erica) this year that will be very strong,” said McNulty.
The thing the Lady Tartans lack is depth. McNulty is carrying 11 players on his varsity roster, and any injuries will mean that he will have to look to his JV squad to fill in the holes.
“The numbers are low, but we’re getting better quality players, from what I’ve seen,” said McNulty.
McNulty added that he is hoping to avoid a repeat of 2011, when he had to make so many call-ups that the JV team was left with eight players.
If Scotia-Glenville can avoid the injury bug, McNulty said nothing is out of reach for his team.
“My expectations are that we can do well,” he said. “My hope is that we get at least a .500 record and make Sectionals, but I think we can make a run at the league title.”