New Hampton Softball is a perennial powerhouse, advancing to the finals of the Lakes Region League Tournament the past five years, winning back-to-back league titles in 2016 and 2017. The Huskies are a group of dedicated and passionate student-athletes who aim to perform at their highest potential both on and off the field.
Head Coach, Eileen Williams is entering her inaugural season with the Huskies, after coaching against NHS for 18 years. “I am excited to be working with such a talented and spirited group of student-athletes. I have always admired the toughness and grit that the Huskies have displayed throughout the years. I look forward to helping the New Hampton Softball program continue its tradition of success,” says Williams.
The Huskies have a strong core of players returning from last year’s squad which finished 11-5, in addition to some talented newcomers. NHS plays a competitive 20-game schedule with both league and non-league games against teams such as Nobles & Greenough, Phillips Exeter Academy, Lawrence Academy, Proctor Academy, and Tilton School.
The home field for the Huskies is located on campus. Additional facilities include an indoor field house with space for a full infield and batting cage, as well as a well-equipped weight room and a full-time strength and conditioning coordinator. Further questions about the softball program can be directed to Coach Williams.
It was a beautiful, sunny day for a softball game in Husky Nation. Top-seeded New Hampton played host to #2 Tilton School for the Lakes Region League championship title. The Huskies shut down the Rams in the first inning 1,2,3, with a ground out to Bailey Jenness at second base and two strikeouts delivered by ace pitcher Maryellen Leach. Tilton was able to plate two runs in both the 2nd and 3rd innings, and another pair in the 6th. The NHS bats were ice cold through 5 innings, and the Tilton coaching staff elected to intentionally watch Leach each time she was up to bat, but the offense finally erupted for 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th frame. Maddie Willingham reached first on an error and she advanced to third on two passed balls. Zola Braswell rapped an RBI single to finally get the home team on the board. She later stole home on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 4. Two sacrifice bunts by Jasmine Peterson and Ali Beaulieu helped to advance and score Leach who reached on another intentional walk. Ellie Beaudet scored the final run on an RBI single by Amelia Monahan to bring the score to 6-4. Unfortunately, the Rams were able to score one more run in the 7th, while the Huskies stranded two runners on base to end the game.
The Huskies end the season with a 13-3 record. This group of 19 players truly bought into the TEAM concept, had a ton of fun, and created memories and friendships to last a lifetime.
New Hampton School advances to the Lakes Region League championship game once again with a 15-0 victory over Kimball Union Academy in 5 innings. The Huskies secured the victory with 10 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The offense was led by Courtney Collarullo, Bailey Jenness, Maddie Willingham, Maryellen Leach, Ellie Beaudet and Jasmine Peterson - all with two hits apiece.
Leach earned the victory for NHS, striking out 9 batters, walking one, and allowing just 2 hits in 5 innings of action. Maddie Willingham had a double-play in the top of the 1st frame.
NHS will host Tilton School for the championship on Thursday at 4:15pm. Go Huskies!
Maryellen Leach '19 pitched a one-hit shut out in her final regular-season game in a Husky uniform. She struck out 13 of the 19 batters she faced. Battery-mate Zola Braswell was strong behind the plate while senior Madi Haarstick was a repeat hitter on the day. Our five seniors were honored before and after the game for their hard work and dedication over the past four years. We extend our best wishes to Mel Leach, Madi Haarstick, Brenna Crowder, Maddie Nelson, and Maddie Willingham. We will miss you all!
New Hampton only held a slim 2-run lead after 2 frames, but the bats came alive in the proceeding 3 innings. Zola Braswell had back-to-back dingers, Maryellen Leach added a grand slam in the top of the 5th, and Ellie Beaudet came in clutch with a 3-run double.
Strong pitching combined with solid defense by the entire infield, led to a 16-0 victory for the Huskies in 5 innings. Credit Leach with the shutout as she fanned 8 batters and allowed just one hit.
New Hampton improves to 11-2 as the season begins to winds down.
Maddie Willingham was clutch at the plate with ducks on the pond, driving in four on two hits to lead New Hampton School past Tilton School 14-3 on Monday. Willingham drove in runs on a home run in the first and a single in the fourth. The Huskies notched five runs in the second inning thanks to a single by Zola Braswell and a home run by Maryellen Leach. Leach struck out three batters per inning in 3 of 5 innings pitched, totaling 11 K's on the day. NHS scattered 13 hits in the game. Leach, Courtney Colarullo, Willingham, and Bailey Jenness (4 runs scored) each managed multiple hits. Colarullo and Leach (4 RBIs) collected three hits each to lead NHS, now 10-2 on the season.
A three-sport athlete at Bowdoin College, Williams was the recipient of the Annie L.E. Dane Award, awarded each spring to a senior member of a varsity women's team who "best exemplifies the highest qualities of character, courage, and commitment to team play.”
Williams earned her M.Ed. from the University of Hartford in 1993. After teaching for three years at a day school in the Boston area, her family made the move to a boarding school in NH where Williams found success as the head coach of both varsity girls’ basketball and softball at Kimball Union Academy for 18 years.
With a strong focus on skill development and creating a positive team culture, Williams will now look to build on the recent success of the Husky softball program.
Williams serves as the Athletic Liaison in the New Hampton School College Counseling Office guiding student-athletes through the recruiting process, as well as the School Photographer. She and her husband, Joe, live on campus in Smith House. They are the proud parents of four children and two dogs.