Now that he has reached his early 70’s, Londonderry High School’s longtime varsity softball coach Wayne MacDougall takes it year to year regarding his plans on either retiring from his coaching post or coming back for one more season and a shot at a state title.
And who could possibly blame MacDougall for wanting to come back for at least one more season these days when one looks at the electrifying 2015 season the former LHS math teacher’s Lady Lancer varsity squad put together this spring. The LHS crew compiled a 14-5 regular season record and won a tournament game before being eliminated by Salem in the Division I tournament quarterfinals.
Making MacDougall’s decision still tougher is the fact that the LHS junior varsity softball squad – under the leadership of former Lady Lancer athlete Erin Moloney – had a spectacular 2015 campaign of its own, winning 15 of its 18 games and playing some great ball.
The team finished second overall in the post-season JV tournament, and the play of the individuals gave her, MacDougall, and just about anybody else who saw the squad reasons to believe that the LHS varsity team will be well stocked over the next several years.
“I’m very proud of my team and what they accomplished this year. I look forward to seeing them continue to grow and develop as athletes,” said Moloney.
The Lady Lancers showed what they were made of right from game one of the 2015 season, in which they trailed the arch-rival Pinkerton Academy Lady Astros by nine runs before staging a huge comeback and bagging the stunning win which will likely remain in their memories for some time.
The LHS team’s talent included junior Caylin McNamara, sophomores Sidney Mullen, Amber Ekroth, and Julia Camire, and freshmen Sarah Fawcett (a co-captain), Cassidy Raza (the other co-captain), Ashley Andrews, Ilana Brown, Kiera Wright, Payton Iarrobino, Emily Nelson, and Bethanny Costello.