WILMINGTON, MA — This is the fourth in a series of profiles celebrating the five recent WHS graduates who played on this year’s varsity softball team.
Growing in a great neighborhood, Liz would always be playing outside wiffleball, stickball and she asked if she could sign up for baseball. Her family decided to go with softball. She joined the Orange Crush and never looked back.
She played on the Blizzards and then move up to U-10, U-12 and U-14. She was coached by her dad at U-10 and U-12. Then she played with the U-14 team with Tim Kieran. In those years, the teams where close and she played with former teammates Jen Dividio and Antonia Kieran and has some great times. She then played in the summer travel league which combined so many of he future teammates and friends along the way, including Shannon Horgan, Dana Goulet Adele Burton, Logan McDonald, Natile Medros and Kate Ardito to name a few. The summer team was always her best time as they always had fun and played well.
One day she attended a WHS game and watched and was so excited and knew she wanted to someday play at this level. It was one day in the Shawsheen gym where she met Coach Audrey’s daughter during a winter basketball game and said, “I want to play for Coach Audrey someday.”
Moving along through the program, she was coach by so many good people and Coach Dan Ardito was one of her favorites and still speaks of him today.
It was in eighth grade where there was a shortfall and a waiver was applied for players . She was their first in line. She put on a Wildcats uniform with so much pride and played for Coach Bill Norman — it was a great start to her High School career.
Some of the highlights in Little League were winning the U-14 Summer League and having a huge game in Arlington to win the championship and playing in the All-Star game created At Town Park which was supported by Steve Mills and still carries on today.
As a Freshman, tryouts came and she was working hard to make the team. Coach Audrey worked them hard but in the end, she decided to go with four freshman. This was amazing and for Liz, Antonia, Dana and Adele, something that doesn’t happen much.
The High School team was turning things around and success was to follow as they made the state tourney for four consecutive seasons. Liz had many good moments, always giving her all and just wanting to play with Wildcat pride. She was a silver slugger and a great defensive player who cares about everyone. One play that will always be remembered was against Burlington Junior year as she dove on a line drive and was faceplanted creating a dustbowl but made the catch. Jerry Horgan caught this on film.
She hopes she left her mark on field and always will be grateful for the opportunity to wear the Wilmington Wildcats uniform.
(NOTE: The above profile is from Wilmington Little League.)
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