Softball Makes Great Strides with a Largely Rookie Team
By Amisa Ratliff
The Softball team has finished its regular season and could not be doing better. They are currently undefeated, with 16 wins and no losses. The team has even defeated Grady High School and Brooklyn Studio High School, teams which are technically in the division above them.
The team has only one senior, Captain Hannah Wilk, and many underclassmen have joined. Out of 19 players on the team, only five returned from previous years. The new players bring fresh talent and Coach Maureen Malone has led them to this year’s success.
The team is working very well together this season, despite the loss of many players from last year’s graduating class.
Coach Malone acknowledges the struggle faced by putting together a whole new team, but looks forward. “While we graduated the core of our seniors, I see this team emerging as true softball players for our future.”
They are working on communication and cooperation both on and off the field. Wilk said this year’s team is “A little more cohesive and a lot more freshmen are really ‘stepping up to the plate.’” As captain, she hopes to improve on this even more by “being supportive in practice and [using] lots of encouraging words.”
As of now, the team has a perfect 16-0 record, placing them at the top of their league. After losing in the semifinals in 2012 season, the girls hope to work out some kinks that will take them even farther in 2013.
The captain explained that the softball team has “good spirit, is working well together, and is doing well on hitting,” but needs to be “tighter in the infield and outfield and work on getting the ball in faster.”
The team has shown a lot of improvement already, and will show more by the end of the season.
“My goal for the season would be to go deep into the playoffs,” said Coach Malone, which seems likely given their current record.
“Since the beginning of the season, I have seen improvements in fielding and hitting. Our pitching is outstanding with the addition of freshman Samantha Hunt. With every practice and game I try to get the girls more prepared for the playoffs.”
There are few star players on the team. Instead, the team focuses on a well-rounded lineup and field.
Wilk is “really proud of the team so far.” Watch out for the undefeated Softball team as it heads towards the playoffs in the coming weeks.