Late start for Tilghman at Charleroi
There is good news and bad news for first-year Charleroi softball coach Trey Tilghman.
The bad news, since he was not hired until last month, the team could not do a lot of off-season conditioning.
However, the good news is that the team returns six starters and another part-time starter from last year’s team.
“We have a lot of talent, especially in the senior class,” Tilghman said. “Having five seniors starting, including four returning starters, they have experience.”
The quartet of returning senior starters include catcher Carina Gottheld, second baseman Jordan Swarmer, shortstop Anjie Tilghman, and Lynsey Wright, who will be at first base but could also see time in the outfield.
When speaking about Gottheld, Tilghman said without hesitation that she is “the best catcher in the section.”
Junior Jen Tilghman, the coach’s daughter, returns on the mound, and sophomore Morgan Riley returns at third base.
Sophomore Sydney Toth also started some games last year, and will start incenter field and will also see time at first base.
Senior Breann Clark, junior Charlene Yakich, sophomore Kaitlyn McCann, and freshman Adrianna Gottheld will all see time in the outfield.
“Our pitching and our defense should be extremely good,” he said. “We have a chance to have several all-section players in the infield and we have speed in the outfield.
“We have good depth at every position so that helps.”
Charleroi has 24 girls out for the team, and Tilghman hopes it allows the JV team to play several games.
“This will allow some of the younger girls to play,” he said. “I feel the excitement is there, and I hope we can compete for a section title.
“The talent is here.”
That is good news for Charleroi softball fans as it has been a long drought for the once competitive program.
According to Tilghman, Greensburg Central Catholic is the team to beat in Section 4-AA, and he feels that Brentwood, South Allegheny, Steel Valley and East Allegheny should be good as well.
Charleroi opens the exhibition season Friday when it hosts California and then hosts Monessen Saturday.
is a former freelancer.