As he does after every game, Caldwell head coach Mike Teshkoyan gathered his team around the infield, this time at Newark Academy, to discuss the Chiefs solid performance in a 4-2 win over the Minutemen, in an SEC Liberty Division matchup.
The win didn’t change anything within the conference, as Newark Academy had already clinched the title, and was 11-0, in conference play, but for both head coaches, the game was important.
For Caldwell, it was the chance to end the season with a 15th victory while Newark Academy coach Serg Rodriguez wanted his team to play well, as it prepares for a North, Non-Public B semifinal state game, slated for June 3. Newark Academy is the top seed this season.
The end result was good for Teshkoyan, and his brother, Mark, who have shared the coaching duties for the past 30 seasons.
Caldwell coaches Mike Teshkoyan (right) and Mark Teshkoyan (left) are flanked by seniors (l to r) Shannon Johnson, Shauna Dietz and Nina Ricci, following the Chiefs last game of the season, a 4-2 win over Newark Academy. (Click on pictures for larger image).
“When we started the season, I’m not sure anyone thought we’d win 15 games,” said Mike Teshkoyan. “But these kids never stopped believing in themselves. They worked hard, and to see them play so well today, against the conference champions, is a good start to our off-season. We’ve got some talented young players on this team. Our kids can build from this.”
Caldwell (15-10) has spent the last two seasons in the SEC Liberty, and could possibly move up to the American Division in 2017, if there’s any realignment proposed by the league, for softball.
Teshkoyan was particularly proud of his seniors, Shannon Johnson, Shauna Dietz and Nina Ricci.
“It’s never easy to say goodbye to our seniors, said Teshkoyan. “They’re great kids, and have been a part of a lot of success here.”
Carlie Corrigan pitched a solid game for the Chiefs, holding a good hitting Newark Academy team to five hits. Johnson was very impressive at shortstop and catcher Christina Guarino was once again outstanding.
“There’s a good corp of players coming back next year,” said Teshkoyan. “I’m proud of these kids.”
Rodriguez, Newark Academy’s coach, felt his team could have played better.
“We came out flat today,” said Rodriguez. “We could have played better. We’ll need to amp it up for Friday’s state tournament game.”