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Westmont quartet having breakout baseball, softball seasons

Kokoszka and Moran star for baseball; Seratt and Sternard guide softball

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 1:33 p.m. CDT
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Mark Busch – mbusch@shawmedia.com Westmont third baseman Megan Seratt fires to first, while pitcher Kristen Skala ducks, during a game in April.
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Westmont's Robert Kokoszka makes contact against Latin April 25 in Westmont. Matthew Piechalak – mpiechalak@shawmedia.com

Many high school players are debuting in the spotlight this spring for area baseball and softball teams – from seniors stepping into leadership roles to underclassmen earning starting varsity jobs.

Robert Kokoszka

School:
Westmont baseball

Class: Senior

Position: Catcher

Impact: Batting .365 (third on the team) with 16 runs (fourth on the team) in the No. 2 spot in the order is only part of Kokoszka's value to the Sentinels. As a catcher, he is the linchpin to the defense and has committed just two errors in 124 chances, and he has handled a pitching staff with a 3.44 team ERA. "His catching has been amazing, and he's pretty much our captain because he runs the defense back there," Westmont coach D.J. Cocks said. "He's been amazing."

Zach Moran

School:
Westmont baseball

Class: Junior

Position: Pitcher/outfield

Impact: Third on the team with 20 RBIs and fourth with a .344 average, Moran has been even more impressive on the mound where is one of Westmont's top pitchers. As of May 1, Moran had a 4-1 record with one of Westmont's two saves, was second on the team with 23 strikeouts in a little over 29 innings, and had a 3.54 ERA. "He's way above where he was last year," Westmont coach D.J. Cocks said. "He had no varsity wins last year, and now I'd say he's probably our No. 2 pitcher. He's been lights-out on the mound."

Megan Seratt

School:
Westmont softball

Class: Senior

Position: Third base

Impact: The 2012 season was a struggle for Seratt, but she has put that lackluster season far behind her. Among the team leaders in RBIs (seven) and walks (six), she also provides defensive stability at third. "Her average is way up and her errors are way down, and she's been great at the corner for us," Westmont coach Jason Bolden said. "She's also one of our team captains, and she set a great example by putting forth great effort."

Susie Sternard

School:
Westmont softball

Class: Senior

Position: Pitcher/outfield

Impact: Whether at-bat (team-best .422 average) or in the field, Sternard has been solid all season for the Sentinels. She has evolved into a more dangerous hitter simply by not trying to do too much, and as a pitcher (1.84 ERA) she has been a solid back-up to sophomore Kristen Skala. "She's been consistent at the plate and putting the ball in play," Westmont coach Jason Bolden said. "She's done a great job taking what the pitchers have given her. If the pitch is outside she'll take it the other way and if it's inside  she'll go with it."

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