Even with a lot of roster turnover, the Liverpool softball team has the same high ambitions for 2011 as it looks to dethrone rival Cicero-North Syracuse atop the Section III Class AA ranks.
From last season's squad that went 19-2-1 and lost the sectional final to the Northstars, seven seniors departed - Tiffany Sampere, Beth Lamison, Emily Dumas, Abby Romano, Stephanie VanDusen, Sarah Tram and Darci Mulddon.
This left head coach Nick Spataro with a lot of parts to replace, but the new starters appear ready for more success, if last Monday's season-opening 9-1 romp of Oswego was any indication.
Ashley Kovarik has succeeded Sampere in the pitcher's circle, now working at a distance of 33 feet from home plate, as opposed to the 30 feet in seasons past.
In her season debut, Kovarik was quite effective, surrendering just five hits and getting error-free defense behind her as the Buccaneers' lone run came in the bottom of the sixth.
This was after Liverpool had built a 9-0 lead, with all of its runs coming in the first four innings as it finished with 15 hits.
Lucia Castellani had three of those hits, including a home run, and earned three RBIs. Brianna Harris scored three runs and doubled, while Alicia Hansen managed two hits and drove in two runs. Nicole Ciricillo scored twice and Angela Charles amassed a trio of hits.
A day later, the Warriors proved quite dominant against Utica Proctor, not letting up until it had a 15-0 shutout of the Raiders.
Liverpool got it started with three runs in the first inning, then put together five-run rallies in each of the next two innings to make it 13-0.
Carrie Stoddard, in particular, had fun, getting five hits and earning five RBIs. Castellani doubled twice, scored three runs and got three RBIs as Kovarik had a home run and two RBIs. Angela Charles also drove in two runs. Kovarik and Stoddard combined on a one-hitter with six strikeouts.
As in years past, Liverpool would travel to the Disney Wide World of Sports complex in Florida for a week of games during the April school break before returning home Saturday to face Binghamton.