Softball - Varsity Girls
2018 Season Recap:
The Varsity Girls Softball team had a successful, learning season. Together, each player improved both offensively and defensively, learning what it means to be a part of a team. The team was led by Senior Captains Jazmin Diaz, Samantha Rando, and Tessa Schneider. The TA Tigers have a foundation of hard work, determination, and focus, competing in every inning of every game this season.
2018 Team Awards and Honors
Most Valuable Player: Jazmin Diaz '18
Coaches Cup: Samantha Rando '18, Tessa Schneider '18
1st Team ISL All League: Jazmin Diaz '18
ISL Honorable Mention Team: Samantha Rando '18
Former Players Currently Playing at the Collegiate Level
Kali Denty - Gordon College
Jessica Saluti - Curry College
|14||Isabella Bodio||IF||2021||Ashland, MA|
|2||Sophie Butner||1st/OF||2021||Hingham, MA|
|10||Jazmin Diaz (captain)||SS||2018||Dorchester Center, MA|
|8||Madeleine Farrell||1st||2020||Quincy, MA|
|12||Manqing Feng||3rd/OF||2019||Braintree, MA|
|9||Jenna Hersh||C||2019||Canton, MA|
|13||Bayden Ibrahim||3rd||2019||Randolph, MA|
|7||Karina Kilburn||LF/IF||2020||West Roxbury, MA|
|15||Alena Mulhern||2nd/SS||2023||Kingston, MA|
|11||Cassandra Olsen||P||2019||Raynham, MA|
|5||Nadia Pena Cruz||IF/OF||2020||Pembroke, MA|
|3||Persia Pena Cruz||IF/OF||2020||Pembroke, MA|
|1||Samantha Rando (captain)||C/UTIL||2018||Holbrook, MA|
|4||Kate Rulon||IF/OF/P||2019||Milton, MA|
|6||Tessa Schneider (captain)||CF||2018||Weymouth, MA|
Laura McDonoughHead Coach
Coach McDonough comes to Thayer as a Braintree resident and a 2009 Braintree High School alum. While a student at Braintree High School, Coach McDonough captained the Varsity Soccer, Basketball and Softball teams. She was a member of the 2006 MIAA Division 1 State Champion Soccer team, as well as the 2008 and 2009 MIAA Division 1 South Champion Softball teams.
Coach McDonough attended Bentley University, where she majored in Information Design and Corporate Communication with a minor in Psychology, graduating Cum Laude. She was a two time captain of the Women’s Softball Team and was an NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete. After two shoulder surgeries her sophomore season, she played a fifth year for the Bentley University Falcons and received her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Marketing.
McDonough currently works at Dunkin’ Brands, The World Headquarters of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins, as a Supervisor in the Communications Department.
Allison GarnseyAssistant CoachAllison comes to us from sunny Boca Raton, FL where she attended her undergraduate studies at Florida Atlantic University and would frequently squeeze in some light scuba diving between classes. After she completed her Masters in Chemistry at the University of Florida, she traded in her scuba octos for the enchanting gates of Thayer Academy. She is going into her 5th year at Thayer and has taught all grades, from Integrated Science (Honors and Regular) to Quantitative Chemistry, and the senior level Advanced Topics in Physics. She enjoys coaching girls' softball, and advises Thayer's GSA - Club Spectrum.
Laura KaplanAssistant Coach