Season Recap: The 2013 NY/NJ Comets
Added by Bernadette Pasley on August 29, 2013.
The NY/NJ Comets are the newest team in National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), the nation’s premier softball league for women. The team recently completed its first season in the league, putting together a disappointing 10-38 record, finishing 26 games behind the 2013 regular season champion Chicago Bandits.
They were, no doubt, filled with plenty of optimism as the season began. After all, the team they fielded included a mix of successful NPF veterans, such as shortstop Bianca Mejia and outfielder Angeline Quiocho and several promising rookies, including Olivia Galati, the All-American pitcher from Hofstra University and Cyndil Matthew, the defensive stand-out from Massachusetts.
However, a closer look at the roster shows that many players were only in their first or second year in NPF. Put that together with rookie head coach Jay Nelson, who was hired after running the softball program at Rutgers University for eight years, and it isn’t surprising that they won only 10 games.
Another closer look, this time at the team’s stats, shows how they lost so many games. Of the 38 losses, 11 of them were shutouts. Two of the shut-outs were no-hitters. Both no-hitters were thrown by legendary college pitching sensation, the USSSA Pride’s Cat Osterman. On many occasions, they did not even put the ball in play: Monica Abbott of the Chicago Bandits struck out 12 Comets in one game and the Pride’s Sarah Pauly fanned 10 one day.
Obviously, the Comets did not have enough offense in 2013. Their best offensive player was Bianca Mejia, who hit a mediocre .260 and drove in 22 runs. Numbers like these would probably be acceptable if the pitching was elite; it was not. Olivia Galati was the Comets’ best starting pitcher. She compiled a record of 6-10 with a 3.87 ERA. Galati was the pitcher of record in the team’s first-ever win on June 10th. At the end of the season, she was selected as an at-large member of the All-NPF Team.
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The entire Comets team seemed to be at-large in 2013. They were scheduled to use four different venues for their home ballpark, all of which were built for minor league baseball. While they shuttled around these parks like gypsies, they did keep their spirits up, interacting with fans and engaging in various community activities. At times, it seemed as if they were in existence only for these external affairs and that winning was secondary. However, these are professional athletes, and they are no doubt very unsatisfied with the team’s inaugural season. The 2014 NY/NJ Comets season should definitely be one of redemption.