New opportunities abound for Lakeview softball in 2011

By: Sue Teggart | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 6, 2011

 St. Clair Shores Lakeview welcomes new softball head coach Becky Quinn to the helm for the 2011 campaign. Quinn coached at Bloomfield Hills Academy of Sacred Heart and played at Wayne State prior to arriving at Lakeview.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview welcomes new softball head coach Becky Quinn to the helm for the 2011 campaign. Quinn coached at Bloomfield Hills Academy of Sacred Heart and played at Wayne State prior to arriving at Lakeview.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Not everyone would be up to the task of inheriting a championship team with the expectations of repeating as league champs and making another run in the state tournament.

But new St. Clair Shores Lakeview softball coach Becky Quinn is embracing the challenge.
Last season, the Huskies finished 27-8 overall, 8-2 and co-champions of the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division for their fifth consecutive league crown, capturing a district title and making a regional final appearance for the third straight year.

“We’re in a new division this year, so we’re going to be facing different teams,” Quinn said. “Our goal is to win our league. I think we have a shot at that.

“We have a shot at districts. They’re proving that they want it. Yes, we lost a lot, but we also gained a lot. They worked very hard in the offseason to make up for what they knew that they were losing.”

Quinn, who was a utility player on Wayne State University’s softball team from 2003-06, brings experience and energy to the Huskies.

Prior to arriving at Lakeview, Quinn coached at Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart for two years and at Macomb Community College before that. She’s also worked intermittently as an instructor at the Doug Gillis Softball Academy.

Quinn said her transition in taking over coaching duties for longtime coach Shane Smith has been smooth.

“The girls have been great,” she said. “They understand and know that I know what I’m talking about, and they respect me. I think they’re going to work hard for me.

“They all know they’re going to have to adapt and try new things and learn new positions,” she added. “They’re all responding really well. They all want to win and succeed.”

Senior Ali Lince said that, because of the key players who graduated from the 2010 squad, everyone is learning new positions to fill the voids.

“We’re just trying to fill their positions,” Lince said. “Everybody is playing every position to see who will fit the best. Everyone is being open-minded about it and going at it 100 percent.”

A big obstacle for the Huskies to overcome is having lost veteran pitcher Melissa Lovati and slugger Kelly Martz.

“Pitching and catching is going to be difficult,” Quinn said. “We have our star catcher, Ali Lince, who is going to be our starting pitcher.

“So she really has to step into a tough role. We’re really grateful that she’s doing that. I think she’ll do a good job for us.”

Lince moves into the circle as the Huskies’ top hurler and will catch when she isn’t pitching with freshman Olivia Peraino and junior Kate Taormina sharing the majority of the catching duties.

Another change for the Huskies is the location of their home games moving to a diamond located at Jefferson Middle School.

Lakeview opens its season at 4:30 p.m. April 12 at home against Warren Mott.
 

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