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Captains Lead Schurr Softball

Another terrific season for Schurr High softball team - attributed to its two new captains, junior catcher Megan Coronado and senior shortstop Lauren Herman.

Herman said the team's youth movement this season is working out.

"We're good," she said. "We're young. We're doing really well."

Coronado agreed.

"Our momentum is going really well," she said. "Our pitchers are young, but they're really good and our chemistry, the team has bonded. We play like a family."

In addition, Herman, who will be playing softball next year at East Los Angeles College, said she's having the time of her life on the team.

"Out of my four years, I think this is one of the strongest teams I've played on," Herman said. "We're good all around, equally in hitting, fielding and pitching. We have an excellent defense this year. We're helping the pitchers out."

Coronado said the team's objective is very simple this season.

"Our goal is to win Almont League," she said. "If we keep our composure together and stayed focused, we can do anything."

She added she wants to keep the team winning into her senior year next season.

"Next year, I would like to keep the same intensity and wanting to keep up a streak of winning another league title," Coronado said.

Both players had only positive things to say about Schurr coach Jackie Montanez.

"She's an awesome coach," Herman said about Montanez. "She really understands because she played softball herself."

Add Coronado: "She's taught me to keep the confidence up and to never give up and always keep trying."

Montanez said both girls have been a real joy to have on the squad.

"That's the core of our team right there," Montanez said of Herman and Coronado. "They are our captains and they provide excellent leadership. (Herman) in particular is one of those players you love to coach. You put her anywhere in four years here. She's played four positions: catcher, shortstop and third base.

"And (Coronado) has been our starting catcher for three years, working with numerous pitchers. And with each pitcher, she's able to lead them and create a relationship that makes them better pitchers."

Montanez added she has only good thoughts about coaching the captains.

"They're awesome girls," she said. "I have nothing but great things to say about them."

(Shel Segal can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

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