Softball retains winning record

By Micah Sperling and Chelsey Taylor-Vaughn

The varsity girls’ softball team has started of its season with a 6-4 record, after losing several seniors and revamping the program.

With several additions of club players, Head Coach Joe Aranda was forced to make a JV team.

Left fielder and one of the three captains, Jennifer Plotkin ’11, identified the team’s biggest competitors as Alemany and Chaminade; she pointed out that Chaminade is always a difficult opponent, especially this season, as the team has one of the best pitchers in the league.

Plotkin described the team’s defensive strength, and also pinpoint their main weakness: offensive consistency.

“We need to work on staying focused and keeping the momentum on our side,” first baseman Tate Castro ’13 said.

“In order to beat them, we’re going to have to put out our best pitching, hitting and defense. We can’t lose focus during any part of the game or else they will take advantage of that,” Lauren Li ’12 said. “As long as we play to the best of our abilities and force Chaminade to make mistakes, we’ll be in good shape.”
After losing to San Fernando 2-0 on March 12 and Village Christian 10-3 on March 15, the team will work this season on becoming a true unit, Castro said.

“I definitely expect our team to surpass what last year’s team had accomplished. Our school’s program is on the rise, and I think anyone that comes out to watch a game this season would be surprised by the amount of talent these girls have,” Li said.

The team will commence league play on Thursday at Flintridge Sacred Heart High School and play its first home game against Alemany on Tuesday, April 12 at Los Angeles Valley College.