MassLive Senior Days: Hampshire honors track & field, baseball & softball seniors – MassLive.com

MassLive Senior Days: Hampshire honors track & field, baseball & softball seniors  MassLive.com

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Starting the week of May 11 and running through mid-June, MassLive will celebrate the spring sports seniors at all 59 Western Massachusetts high schools. As part of the MassLive Senior Days project, coaches and athletic directors were invited to share photos, videos and quotes about their seniors.

Each weekday, readers will see a pair of schools recognized on our website and social media channels – @MassLiveHS on both Twitter and Instagram. Share your memories, photos and videos using #MassLiveSeniorDays.

Seniors:

  • Annie Curran
    • Coach Sue Tracy: Annie has been an essential part of the track and field team for six years. She is always smiling, and willing to do whatever is asked of her to benefit the team. She has successfully competed at just about every distance and in multiple field events over the years. Her strength has been in the longer sprint and mid-distance races, where she regularly qualified to compete at Western Mass. and was a member of many relay teams. Annie’s leadership as team captain, as well as senior class president, will be greatly missed. She will be attending the University of Virginia next year.
  • Mary Elias-Gillette
    • Coach Sue Tracy: Mary’s commitment to the track and field team has been unshakeable for six years. She often competes in distance events as well as discus and shot put. Known as “team mom,” Mary is always prepared, quick to help newcomers learn the ropes, everyone’s biggest cheerleader, and a huge help with meet management. Mary will be studying biochemistry next year at Bay Path University.
  • Mary Kate Kraus
    • Coach Sue Tracy: Mary Kate demonstrated a lot of potential in her first year of track and field at Hampshire, competing in long and triple jump, as well as sprint events. We are disappointed that she did not get to further develop he abilities this spring, but wish her well as she heads off to Fairfield University.
  • Lily Roscher
    • Coach Sue Tracy: Lily is another six-year member of the track and field team. She shined in the mid-distance events and often competed on relay teams. When Lily was on she was REALLY on, making for some exciting races in those moments of confidence. We wish her all the best next year in whatever she pursues.
  • Katie Taylor
    • Coach Sue Tracy: Katie has been a long-time member of the team and competed in sprints, long jump, and javelin. She represented the team in Javelin at Western Mass., and at the West/Central Championships as well. Her athleticism and cheerful personality will be missed next year as she moves on to Saint Anselm College.

Coach Sue Tracy: This group of young women have dedicated themselves to the track and field program at Hampshire long-term, and we are so sad for the loss of their senior season. It has been a pleasure to watch them grow, learn, and develop their passions over the years. To the seniors – Your dedication and hard work will serve you well in all your future endeavors, and your memories and accomplishments can never be taken away. Retired coach Gary Welch and I thank you for your contributions to the team, and extend our heart-felt congratulations and best wishes to you all!

Boys Track & Field

Seniors:

  • Aiden Braastad
    • Coach Sue Tracy: Aiden’s genuine friendliness and sense of responsibility are huge assets as he takes the youngest runners under his wing each year and teaches them how to be members of a team. He sometimes competed in long jump, but his focus was the sprints, and especially the relays, where he competed at Western Mass. Aiden is taking his enthusiasm and positive energy to UMass Dartmouth next year.
  • Jackson Faiella
    • Coach Sue Tracy: Jackson was a solid performer in the 400m, and expanded his training up to the mid-distance races. He proved to be especially reliable in the 4X400 and 4X800 relays and frequently competed with the team in the post season. He also competed in long and triple jump, and occasionally discus. His enthusiastic team spirit and willingness to do whatever is needed will be missed next year, and we wish him the best in all he does.
  • Cobi Loud
    • Coach Sue Tracy: Cobi missed most of his junior track season due to injury, so it was especially disappointing to not get to see him shine this spring in the throwing events. He is the team’s top javelin thrower, and made solid progress in the shot put during indoor. He also frequently participated in the sprinting events. Good luck to Cobi next year when he attends Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
  • Max MacFadzen
    • Coach Sue Tracy: Max’s leadership and dedication as captain will be sorely missed next year when he heads off to UMass Amherst. His kindness, deep work ethic, devotion to the team, and unshakeable sportsmanship have been a solid foundation for the team over the last few years. Max was unable to compete last spring due to an injury, and he was poised to do big things this year in the distance events, where he is a championship-level performer coming off an All-Western Mass. indoor season. Over and over he has shown his teammates how to handle disappointment with grace. We wish him all the best throughout his future.
  • Christopher Vayda
    • Coach Sue Tracy: Chris has been one of the top Western Mass. distance runners for several years. His specialty is the 2 mile, where he went undefeated during his last two regular seasons and was the Western Mass. champion in 2018. He was a regular postseason and all-league competitor in the 1 and 2 mile as well as a member of championship relay teams. His boundless energy and hard work at practice were great motivators for others. Chris is headed to Springfield College and will run cross country, indoor and outdoor track, so he will continue to make his mark in Western Mass. Chris gives a shout out to all spring athletes and best of luck to Class of 2020 graduates!

Coach Sue Tracy: These young men have been an essential part of what makes the running programs at Hampshire so special. Their dedication to each other and enthusiasm for hard work and “team” has spread to those around them, and they leave big shoes to fill. Seniors – It has been a pleasure to work with you over these many years. While it is devastating that you did not get your chance to shine this season (and I have no doubt it would have been amazing), I know from watching all your hard work and growth that there are still many more big things to come for you in the future. Thank you for the memories and for all that you have taught me about coaching. I wish you all the best in your next endeavors!

Hampshire baseball seniors Matthew Quenneville, Patrick Kelly, Michael Baldwin and Bennett Kelly.

Baseball

Seniors:

  • Mike Baldwin
    • Coach Korpita: Mike impressed me from the first moment I saw him play. He is a guy who had the power to be our cleanup hitter while also hitting for average as he led our team in batting average. In the field, Mike had an absolute cannon for an arm. When he was in the outfield, most teams didn’t try to take an extra base on him, and if they did, chances were, he was going to throw them out. During Mike’s sophomore year, he was our team’s closer. Our goal in every game was to get it to the 6th or 7th inning and then let Mike finish it. He showed incredible poise and toughness on the mound, not letting anything break his focus and confidence. Mike also worked very hard in practice and after practice, often taking more reps and staying after to fine tune his game. Mike is going to do big things in life with his can do mindset and ability to get the job done.
    • Coach Carreiro: Mike is a rare athlete. Mike’s ability to play infield, outfield, and pitch made him an extremely valuable player. Watching Mike rope a line drive on Doubleday Field in Cooperstown is a great memory I will always have of him. He is a hard working athlete always asking for extra reps in the cage, in the infield, and of course, in the weightroom. Mike has a hard working attitude and this will carry him to great success wherever he goes.
  • Bennett Kelly
    • Coach Korpita: Bennett was the perfect leadoff hitter for our team. He is a lefty who puts the ball in play and who could really move. Batting leadoff, teams would often underestimate how much power Bennett had. When he hit it, the ball just jumped off his bat. Once he was on the base paths, he had an uncanny ability to read the ball and was able to take extra bases because of it. If things weren’t going well in the game, we could count on Bennett to refocus and fire the team up. In the field, Bennett played brilliantly, he ran down fly balls with ease, and never let a hot shot get past him. Bennett’s passion and drive to always get better will help him go far in life.
    • Coach Carreiro: Bennett always had the green light to steal any base at any time. Bennett is one of the fastest players I have seen and always hustled out of the box. Bennett could turn singles into doubles and doubles into triples. He played the game with an intensity and passion that I wish more players had. Bennett was always a great leader who could rally the team when they needed it most.
  • Patrick Kelly
    • Coach Korpita: Pat was a player who was always ready for whatever happened in the game. He was able to play many different positions in the field and play them well. At first base, he was as steady as they come. In the outfield, he was able to utilize his speed and cover a lot of ground. Pat had great speed and was one of the smartest base runners on the team. The team loved having Pat around, he was always willing to help anybody out any way he could. Pat will be joining the Army Infantry after High School. Pat has tremendous character and will do great in the Army.
    • Coach Carreiro: Every team needs guys like Pat Kelly. Pat is a great teammate who will do anything to help the team. Pat was one of the most popular players on the team who could always make the guys laugh and keep things loose. My favorite memory of Pat is when he picked up the save against Southwick during his sophomore season. Pat is an outstanding young man who will be joining the military and I am extremely proud of him.
  • Matt Quenneville
    • Coach Korpita: Matt has one of the best attitudes I have ever encountered. He was a true leader who led with his actions as well as his words. Matt is very passionate about baseball and prides himself on giving it his all. He raised the bar for his teammates and they followed his lead. Nobody wanted to be involved in a big moment more than Matt. Whether it be we needed a hit at that moment or he was on the mound and we needed an out. Some people just seem to always be involved in crucial moments of the game. For our team, it was a great thing for us to have Matt in that spot. He was a tremendous pitcher for us, especially down the stretch when he won two of our last three games, including a 10 inning game where he pitched 5 scoreless innings of relief. I’m sure Matt will continue to rise to the occasion throughout his future.
    • Coach Carreiro: Matt is the definition of a big game pitcher. No moment is ever too big for Matt to take the mound. He is one of the hardest working players I have had the privilege of coaching. While on the junior varsity team in his sophomore year, Matt, playing shortstop, did not commit a single error. Matt is a true student of the game and any coach would be lucky to have him. I’ll always remember Matt throwing well over 100 pitches against Wahconah and refusing to come out until he finished the game. The sky’s the limit for Matt and I wish him the best of luck playing for HCC.

The Hampshire softball team celebrates after winning the Western Mass. Division II title in 2019.

Softball

Seniors: Hannah Marney and Amanda Coopee

Coach Brian McGan: Senior Day is always a tough day for any coach to say goodbye to their players and this year is no exception. I think this year is a little harder because we cant do it in person. Our tradition at Hampshire is to wait till the 7th inning and gather the seniors and let them walk off the field together. This year we can’t do that, but the class of 2020 all over the world will always be remembered as the class that all walked off the field together with great heart and prided in these difficult times.

Hannah Marney was brought up to the varsity team her 8th grade year for tournament time to be a backup at infielder and runner in 2016. She got to experience a Western Mass. title and state title. She then moved on halfway through 2017 to start at 3rd base and continued through her senior year winning two more Western Mass. titles in ’17 and ’19. Hannah was a solid and clutch player coming up with timely hits and defensive plays throughout her career and will be greatly missed next season.

Amanda Coopee has been on the varsity team for three yrs being part of two Western Mass. title teams. She was a backup outfielder and had key roles throughout her career. She is what is considered a coaches delight working hard every day and doing what was asked to help the team anyway she could without complaint. A player like that is the reason why great teams have great success and not given the credit there do all the time. I just wanted to let her know she was greatly appreciated and to will be missed next season.

I would personally like to extend to both players that you will always be part of the Hampshire softball family and to have great success and luck in your college careers.