The future of the Rockport softball program appears to be in great hands.
The varsity program qualified for the state tournament once again and the program also appears to have a strong group of up and coming underclassmen as the junior varsity team recently polished off a 16-0 season.
The Vikings pulled out several close games this spring thanks to clutch performances from several players.
In a win over Manchester Essex pitcher Talia Ciaramitaro had 11 strikeouts and kept her team in the game until a 13 run late inning outburst erased a 1-0 deficit. Charlotte Salmon had a grand slam in the rally.
Rockport also found itself in a dog fight against North Reading as the teams were tied 2-2 in the seventh inning until the Vikings had four hits in a row, three singles and a triple, to spark a five run rally for another win.
Whitney Schrock and Jackie Connelly each had home runs this spring for the Vikings junior varsity squad, which consists of all underclassmen including five eighth graders.
“Each one of the girls played an important role on the team,” head coach Mia Muzio said. “The girls learned fundamental basic skills of the game and competed in every game with a high level of intensity and dedication.”