Suffern took full advantage of not being able to go outside to practice by working on one part of the game that can sometime be overlooked — the mental game.
“It’s become more of a priority this year,” Mounties ace Kate Wood said, noting that the mental part of the game is just as important if not more important than the physical.
The Mounties are led by junior third baseman Sam Iodice, an all-section pick who batted .368 with an on-base percentage of .582, three home runs and 25 RBI. Teammate Hayley Napier is solid in center.
“Everyone is really serious and everyone is really focused,” Iodice said. “I’m really confident in this team. I’ve been working really hard. I’m just trying to stay focused.”
“I got my speed up, my accuracy up,” Wood said. “When I got hurt, most of the time I pulled a catcher aside to work on it. I had special drills so that I wouldn’t stand on my foot and, even when my leg was feeling better, I would stand and throw but not push.”
The Mounties will need the mental game when they head up to the Herkimer Softball Complex for the James “Ace” Morabito Memorial Invitational Tournament on May 11-12.
“It’s an honor to go,” Iodice said. “It will definitely be a great experience for our team. It will give us an idea of what we need to work on to ultimately win the section and go to states.