Masuk softball is team ready to compete for championships

Julia Bacoulis and the Panthers will look to contend for conference and state championships.

MONROE, CT — Coming off its fifth consecutive state title and a runner-up finish in the South-West Conference, the Masuk High softball team again figures to be in the mix of contenders in both brackets.

Coach Leigh Barone’s team graduated two seniors and retained much of its talent and experience from a year ago.

Captains are seniors Natalie Lieto, a centerfielder committed to Penn State, and outfielder Isabella Holsworth.

Other key players are juniors Julia Bacoulis (pitcher and shortstop, committed to Florida Gulf Coast) and Sofia Lieto (second baseman, committed to Providence) and sophomore shortstop Grace Ely.

The Panthers will look to gain valuable experience against nonconference teams Fitch, Fairfield Warde, Southington, Cheshire, Waterford, North Branford and Amity.

“We would like to use games like these as learning opportunities and growing opportunities for conference tournament and state tournament along with conference games,” Barone said.

Masuk will strive to again challenge for both SWC and Class L titles and has a lot of players who have been in pressure situations during post season games.

The Panthers will get tested right from the get-go. The regular slate opens this Saturday when Fitch visits at 1 p.m.

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