WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The White Plains varsity softball team spent the last five years with one constant -- pitcher Lauren Sputo.
Sputo had a record-setting career for the Tigers, establishing program standards in almost every category. She is currently a freshman and the No. 1 pitcher at the College of St. Rose.
The new White Plains wind miller has the unenviable task of following in Sputos footsteps. However, she is familiar with the position.
Sophomore Danielle Sputo, Laurens younger sister, is looking to continue the familys pitching tradition. Danielle Sputo is among a host of talented underclassmen who will play major roles in the Tigers season.
Its definitely scary for me, especially after seeing all the amazing things Lauren did in her five years, Danielle Sputo said. After seeing Lauren do it from when she was in eighth-grade, it made me realize if I really wanted to do it, I could, but I would have to work hard.
Danielle Sputo was the White Plains Junior Varsity No.1 pitcher for three years before a promotion to varsity late last season, where she had the opportunity to watch Lauren pitch. The younger Sputo watched her older sister intently and was full of questions.
Even though her time with Lauren on varsity was brief, the sisters are extremely close. In fact, Danielle Sputo, who began pitching as an 8-year-old, tagging along with Lauren to her pitching lessons, consults her unofficial pitching coach daily. Before leaving for college, Danielle and Lauren were teammates on White Plains coach Ted ODonnells under-18 summer travel team.
I always ask for her help, Danielle Sputo said. After an inning, when we come in I would ask Lauren how she handled certain situations. When I am pitching, she would always tell me the truth. If I was off, she would let me know, rather than hear it from someone else telling me I was doing okay. Lauren has always been a positive influence on me.
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