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Spring Returns To Familiar Softball Surroundings

Karissa Spring is playing her first spring season with Manhattan College softball. Photo by Greg Lederer.

Karissa Spring winds up to fire a pitch on April 27 at Quinnipiac University. Photo by Greg Lederer.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

Last Saturday, 2023 Cheshire High School graduate Karissa Spring had a homecoming of sorts. As a pitcher/utility player for the Manhattan College (New York) softball team, she returned close to Cheshire to play in a doubleheader at Quinnipiac University.

In game one, Spring batted as the designated player and the Jaspers picked up a 4-1 victory.

For game two, she relieved junior Ava Metzger as pitcher in the second inning. In five innings, Spring gave up just one run on six hits and a walk.

She recorded four strikeouts before leaving the game with a no decision after the sixth. Down 3-2, the Bobcats scored in each of the last two innings to walk off with a 4-3 victory.

“So, I’ve been looking forward to coming here (QU) for a really long time,” reflected Spring, who was a two-time All-Class LL/All-Southern Connecticut Conference pitching honoree at CHS. “This is my home, this is where I grew up, this is where I went to high school. So coming here and giving a presence on the field just felt really good.”

In 34 innings this year, Spring has posted 18 strikeouts. Offensively, she has picked up four hits, two runs scored, and an RBI.

Bridget Hurlman coaches Manhattan (12-35) in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Karissa Spring earned four strikeouts in game two at QU.

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