Team Details

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


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# Name Position Class Hometown
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

Coach Info

  • Laura McDonough
    Head 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 Garnsey
    Assistant Coach
    Allison 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 Kaplan
    Assistant Coach