Softball team perseveres through regular season, qualify for CCS

May 24, 2016 — by Jay Kim and Julia Miller

After a rocky first half of the season, the Falcons managed to pick up their game and qualify again for CCS this year, even hosting and winning one game in the tournament.

 

After a rocky first half of the season, the Falcons managed to pick up their game and qualify again for CCS this year, even hosting and winning one game in the tournament.

On May 21, however, the team was edged out by a tough Half Moon Bay team 6-5.

The Falcons had faced the Cougars earlier in the season and lost 8-0.

“Even though we lost this time, it was nice to see some improvement in our hitting and our defense,” junior first baseman Yianna Spirakis said.

In the first round at home against The King’s Academy on May 18, the girls beat the Knights 10-3. Sophomore catcher Eryn Lee went four for four at the plate and senior Eleni Spirakis pitched, leading the Falcons to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals.

Concluding the season with a 1-0 win against Los Altos, the Falcons ended their regular season at fourth position with a 6-6 record in the De Anza Division III.

Junior shortstop Rachel Davey said that even though the Kings had an undefeated record, the Falcons won their first CCS game due to their effective defense, good hitting and minimal errors made during plays.

“We hit really well and played clean defense,” Davey said.  “We didn't make many errors and made the plays we needed to in order to keep their scoring to a minimum.”

Early on, the Falcons were nervous and made some mistakes before their focus was directed on getting a big win for the team.

After starting the season slow as players returned from their basketball season late, the team focused during practice to perfect their technique and plays.

“It took a little while to get in the swing of things, but by the end of the season, we looked a lot better,” Yianna said.

With Eleni and Savannah Green graduating this spring, the team will have to rely on underclassmen to succeed next season.

“Next year might be a difficult season, because we are losing such important pieces in our team,” Yianna said. “But our improvement at the end of the season is promising and we can hopefully carry that momentum into next season.”

 

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