Northmont softball competes in first scrimmage


By Ron Nunnari - Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com



Cory Mangen belts a pitch to deep left center field Friday vs Western Brown at West Carrollton High School.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

Northmont Coaches Tammy Rizzo Sterner(left), Matt Maiken and Kris Mangen discuss strategy Friday vs Western Brown.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

Coach Mangen sends Lizzie Ritchie home on a base hit by a teammate against Western Brown.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

Erin Mangen takes a rip at a pitch.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

Lizzie Ritchies makes a put out at first base against Western Brown.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

Mallory Woods delivers a pitch to the plate.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

Sydney Weaver puts the ball in play during an at bat Friday.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

Taylor Hoover makes contact Friday against Western Brown.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

WEST CARROLLTON — Northmont Fast-pitch Softball opened its scrimmage schedule Friday at West Carrollton vs Western Brown followed by a second scrimmage vs Bellbrook.

The Lady Bolts will open regular season play Monday, March 28 at Fairmont followed by three more games the first week of the season before heading south to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.

“We lost five girls from last year and it’s hard to replace such talent in your line up. But this program never seems to fall far behind-we reload each year and it’s no different in 2016,” said Coach Kris Mangen. “The players have worked hard in the offseason to prepare for the upcoming season. We have seven senior players returning from last year’s 23-8 team. We want to get better with each practice and each game. We want the girls to work hard, have a positive attitude and enjoy the time they have playing a game they love. The girls will be looking to gain the league title back.”

Senior players include: Taylor Hoover (St. Francis University), Lizzie Ritchie & Emily Ritchie (Mount Vernon Nazarene University) Whitney Fiedler (Ohio Christian University) Mallory Woods, Cory Mangen, and Courtney Jasinski.

“This group of seniors has known each other for a very long time and I am certain in saying they will make it memorable for each other,” Mangen said. “Also we will have junior Erin Mangen who is a returning letter winner and played centerfield for our program.”

Some new players that could have an impact this year include Ryanne Stoffel, Emma Finch, Anna Mangen, Cassy Lewis, Sydney Weaver and Marissa Bardonaro.

“I’m excited to see where our offense takes us,” Mangen commented. “We have a lot of power in our line up and these girls can crush it! Our line up may change depending on who is hot at the time. We won’t be having one player be our MVP – it will be a total team effort and different players will step up in different games I’m sure.

“We have players competing for defensive positions still and that is hard to judge in a gym with the weather,” Mangen added. “It may take a couple games for us to figure out our best line up, but this group has lots of talent. Defense will be key to winning games. We will have our struggles but these girls I’m confident will support each other and will find a way to win.”

Northmont Fast-Pitch Softball 2016 Schedule

March 21 4:30 p.m. at Greenville (Scrimmage)

March 23 4:30 p.m. Home vs Milton-Union (Scrimmage)

March 28 5 p.m. at Fairmont High School

March 29 5 p.m. Home vs Fairmont

March 30 5 p.m. at Troy High School

March 31 5 p.m. at West Carrollton High School

April 4 1 p.m. at Open Date Florida

April 4 3 p.m. at Open Date Florida

April 5 11 a.m. at Open Date Florida

April 5 1 p.m. at Open Date Florida

April 6 11 a.m. at Open Date Florida

April 6 3 p.m. at Open Date Florida

April 11 5 p.m. Home vs Wayne

April 12 5 p.m. at Wayne High School

April 15 5 p.m. Home vs Springboro

April 18 5 p.m. Home vs Beavercreek

April 19 5 p.m. at Beavercreek High School

April 22 5 p.m. Home vs Piqua High School

April 23 11 a.m. at Miamisburg High School

April 23 1 p.m. at Miamisburg High School

April 25 5 p.m. Home vs Centerville

April 26 5 p.m. at Centerville High School

April 29 5 p.m. at Middletown Madison

May 2 5 p.m. at Springfield High School

May 3 5 p.m. Home vs Springfield

May 6 4:30 p.m. at Butler High School

May 6 6:30 p.m. vs Brookville at Butler

May 7 11 a.m. Home vs Milford

May 7 1 p.m. Home vs Milford

Cory Mangen belts a pitch to deep left center field Friday vs Western Brown at West Carrollton High School.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/03/web1_CoryMangen.jpgCory Mangen belts a pitch to deep left center field Friday vs Western Brown at West Carrollton High School. Photo by Ron Nunnari

Northmont Coaches Tammy Rizzo Sterner(left), Matt Maiken and Kris Mangen discuss strategy Friday vs Western Brown.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/03/web1_Coaches.jpgNorthmont Coaches Tammy Rizzo Sterner(left), Matt Maiken and Kris Mangen discuss strategy Friday vs Western Brown. Photo by Ron Nunnari

Coach Mangen sends Lizzie Ritchie home on a base hit by a teammate against Western Brown.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/03/web1_LizzieRitchie.jpgCoach Mangen sends Lizzie Ritchie home on a base hit by a teammate against Western Brown. Photo by Ron Nunnari

Erin Mangen takes a rip at a pitch.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/03/web1_ErinMangen.jpgErin Mangen takes a rip at a pitch. Photo by Ron Nunnari

Lizzie Ritchies makes a put out at first base against Western Brown.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/03/web1_LizzieRitchie2.jpgLizzie Ritchies makes a put out at first base against Western Brown. Photo by Ron Nunnari

Mallory Woods delivers a pitch to the plate.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/03/web1_MalloryWoods.jpgMallory Woods delivers a pitch to the plate. Photo by Ron Nunnari

Sydney Weaver puts the ball in play during an at bat Friday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/03/web1_SydneyWeaver.jpgSydney Weaver puts the ball in play during an at bat Friday. Photo by Ron Nunnari

Taylor Hoover makes contact Friday against Western Brown.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/03/web1_TaylorHoover.jpgTaylor Hoover makes contact Friday against Western Brown. Photo by Ron Nunnari

By Ron Nunnari

Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com

Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind

Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind