It may be spring training in the majors, but Trinity softball plans to open its regular season tomorrow with a home game against Girls Catholic Athletic Conference opponent Notre Dame, if it doesn’t snow.

Last year the Blazers went 19-14 and won their first regional championship, and this year the team could go even further into the playoffs.

“We are looking forward to taking a shot at the sectional. This is the best team we’ve had in the nine years I’m been here,” said Trinity coach Bob Osborne. “We are solid and there is no reason we can’t beat Fenwick, or we can’t beat Oak Park, not to take anything away from their great programs.”

Winning the sectional is not the only goal the Blazers have set this season.

“Twenty-five wins is a realistic goal,” said Osborne, “others are to get ranked and to win the Red Division tournament.”

Osborne said he feels that hard work, experience and desire will guide his team this year. Trinity has seven seniors, four juniors and a lone freshman in hoops standout Monica Albano, who Osborne described as a better softball player than a basketball player.

Trinity has speed this season. Senior infielder Gina Consiglio is eager to steal more bases. She and Marisa Bertolli led the team with 32 each last year.

“We’re going to be good this year. We’re all grown up now, and we’re ready,” said Consiglio.

Kelly O’Brien, who plays third base added, “I’m looking forward to winning. There’s a lot seniors on the team, and we want to go out with a bang.” O’Brien was the top hitter last season with a .360 batting average.

Allison Hernandez and Rena Maritote will spit pitching duties, according to Osborne. Hernandez was the Blazers’ top pitcher last year with a 2.0 ERA and a record of 14-5. “She’s added about four miles per hour to her fastball and her change up is even better. If she stays strong, we go where she goes.” said Osborne.

Hernandez has worked hard in the off season.

Maritote transferred from OPRF after her freshman year. The senior has a goal of her own, “I want to beat them [OPRF] this year,” she said. The Blazers take on the Huskies March 29 at OPRF (4:30 p.m.).

“We’re hoping we can take that step forward and become a program and not just a team,” concluded Osborne.

The Blazers host St. Francis de Sales on Saturday with Game 1 beginning at 11 a.m. All of Trinity’s home games are played at Triton College.

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