OCHS First Decade Teams
Cory Picketts was top Raider softball player in First Decade!
By TOM WILLIAMS
Gazette Staff Writer
Softball has been struggling at Ocean City High School. The Raiders have not had a
winning season since 1991. And the tough schedule in the Cape-Atlantic League makes
the challenge even greater. But some good athletes wore the red and white during
the First Decade (2000-09).
The best of the bunch was Cory Picketts, who holds school records for career hits,
home runs and batting average. She was also a smooth fielder and a smart, aggressive
leader on the field. Now married, Princeton graduate Cory Terry has returned to her
alma mater as an assistant coach in both softball and field hockey.
But there were some other strong infielders during the 10 seasons, including the Treen
sisters. Kim and Julie Treen combined to lead the Raiders in hitting for six consecutive
seasons. And the first baseman - Jackie Haynes - hit over .450 early in the decade.
The catcher is four-year starter Nikki Hinsley.
The outfield trio is Lauren Lythgoe, one of three Raiders to be named all-conference
during the decade; Natalie Chamberlain, the team's leading hitter in 2007, who was
also a solid infielder; and Morgan Bogushefsky, a three-year starter and the leading
hitter last season.
The three pitchers pretty much covered the entire decade. Colleen DeFoney pitched
during the first four years, Lauren Smith arrived in the middle years and Gina Favinger
finished up the decade.
The designated hitter is Shannon O'Neill, a 2009 graduate who hit .340.
There was a lot of talent during the decade from 2000-09 but it was pretty much spread
out. Cory Picketts was the best. She joins Beth Reeves (90s), Cindy Rau (80s) and Wendy
Burman (70s) - all pitchers - as Ocean City High School Softball Players of the Decade.
OCHS Softball in the First Decade
2004....7-13....Kim Schaffrick Gray
2005....3-19....Kim Schaffrick Gray
2006....2-18....Kim Schaffrick Gray
The First Decade Raider Softball Team
Pitcher......Colleen DeFoney (2004)
Pitcher......Lauren Smith (2007)
Pitcher......Gina Favinger (2009)
Catcher......Nikki Hinsley (2004)
First Base...Jackie Haynes (2000)
Infield......Cory Picketts (2000)
Infield......Kim Treen (2003)
Infield......Julie Treen (2006)
Outfield.....Lauren Lythgoe (2004)
Outfield.....Natalie Chamberlain (2007)
Outfield.....Morgan Bogushefsky (2009)
Des. Hitter..Shannon O'Neill (2009)