By TOM WILLIAMS
John Bruno stepped down after 20 seasons as Ocean City High School softball coach just when things were starting to happen. His Raiders were 16-6 this spring – his best record as coach and the most wins in a season in 30 years. The Raiders also won an NJSIAA Tournament game this year, the program’s first in 29 years.
In fact, the three best of his 20 seasons were during the last six years and his teams won more games in the last six seasons than in the first 14. But OCHS will have a new coach to start the next decade and Bruno has not left the cupboard bare. Three members of the All-Decade Team (2010-19) will return next spring.
But first, Arianna Segich.
The outfielder led OCHS in hitting three straight seasons, two of them with batting averages of .500 or better. Her .529 average in 2014 was the second highest in school history. She graduated with seven school records, including career hits (126), career batting average (.480) and career stolen bases (94). And she was selected a Cape-Atlantic League all star four times. All together, that makes Segich the OCHS Softball Player of the 2nd Decade.
She is joined in the outfield by Christina Barbella, an all star this spring as a freshman, and Lindsay Konick, who actually played more infield because she was needed there but was also one of Bruno’s top outfielders.
The infield includes Rachel Zeides and Keani Hindle. A three-time CAL first team all star, Zeides had 107 career hits, the school record for career RBIs (88) and a .506 average her junior year. Hindle set school home run records for a season (9) and career (13) while hitting .469 her junior year. All star Malia Hindle, four-year starter Alex Vitola and first baseman Jackie Nesi round out the infield. Nesi hit over .460 in two straight seasons.
The catcher on this all-decade team is Abby Craige, who has another season to play at Ocean City. She set a new record this year for throwing out base runners. Completing the battery are two pitchers – Marisa Holt and Hailey Neville, both CAL all stars. Neville still has two more seasons to pitch in high school.
More about OCHS softball is available here.
Arianna Segich went on to Penn State-Brandywine where she set the school record with 212 career hits and led the nation as a senior with 68 stolen bases. She joins Cory Picketts (1st Decade), Beth Reeves (1990s), Cindy Rau (80s) and Wendy Burman (70s) as Ocean City High School Softball Players of the Decade.
Next week – the Boys Track Team of the Decade.
OCHS Softball in the 2nd Decade
The 2nd Decade Raider Softball Team
Pitcher……Marisa Holt (2014)
Pitcher……Hailey Neville (2021)
Catcher……Abby Craige (2020)
First Base…Jackie Nesi (2019)
Infield……Malia Hindle (2014)
Infield……Rachel Zeides (2016)
Infield……Keani Hindle (2017)
Infield……Alex Vitola (2019)
Outfield…..Arianna Segich (2015)
Outfield…..Lindsay Konick (2019)
Outfield…..Christina Barbella (2022)