Inexperienced softball team beginning to find groove

April 1, 2018 — by Kevin Sze

The girls’ softball team has struggled to start the season as a result of their inexperience as playing as a unit. The team is much younger than last year, comprised of six underclassmen, and this inexperience led to four tough losses to start the regular season.  

Although the losses took a toll on the team’s morale, they gained valuable experience — a factor that has gone a long way in improving their play under pressure and in game situations.

After a 17-0 blowout loss to Capuchino on March 24, the girls came back with a solid performance and won 11-9 on March 26 against Prospect.

“I think we’ve begun to play better than a lot of people expected,” senior catcher Eryn Lee said. “We have some girls who have very little playing experience so in order to improve our standing we need to bring those girls in on how the game works and work out strategy.”

After a tough start, the team is also excited for what is to come for the rest of the season.

The team seems to have smoothed out various bumps in their performances as they held a strong Fremont offense to only five runs and claimed another victory, this time 7-5 on March 29.

The recent wins have boosted team spirit and has shown that the girls hard work has begun to turn their season around.

“We expect a great season with a steep learning curve,” senior pitcher Chancee Gaskin said. “It’s good to see our efforts making a difference and we should have a lot of fun.”

Scoreboard:

17-1 (L): Saratoga vs. Gunn March 22

8-5 (L): Saratoga vs. Wilcox March 23

16-0 (L): Saratoga vs. Burlingame March 23

17-0 (L): Saratoga vs. Capuchino March 24

11-9 (W): Saratoga @ Prospect March 26

9-5 (L): Saratoga @ Palo Alto March 27

7-5 (W): Saratoga vs. Fremont March 29

 

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