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Softball sees rising talent excel

The softball team takes a picture following their first scrimmage against of the 2024 season against Norte Dame High School on January 18.

The softball team started their season with a record of 3-3 after their most recent win against Marymount on March 14. Following an initial victory against Brentwood (20-0) the team suffered a series of 3 consecutive losses. However, they have won their past two games, which were their first league games of the season, against Immaculate Heart (15-2) and Marymount (14-2).

Emma Tseng ’26, who plays second base, said despite their difficult start, the team is looking forward to a strong season following their successes in the first league games.

“We had a rough start in a few of our non-league games, but we won our last few, so we are optimistic,” Tseng said. “I think we have done a good job of implementing coach’s feedback and making adjustments in-game, and we will keep trying to get a little better each game and practice.”

The team has predominantly underclassmen, with a roster boasting three ninth graders and six tenth graders. Tseng said the juniors and seniors have been very welcoming to their younger teammates.

“I think the upperclassman have done a great job of welcoming everyone and building team camaraderie, and this helped us build team chemistry during pre-season, so it was a fairly smooth transition for younger players to get into the culture of the team,” Tseng said.

Morgan Hill ’26, who plays outfield and pitches, said she thinks the team culture fosters relationship building and friendship between grade levels.

“As a team, we’ve always got along well,” Hill said. “When I first joined, I was a freshman. I could tell everyone was already friends, and I was excited to see how I would fit into that. I think the new freshmen instantly fit right into the team when they joined too. We [bond] during bus rides to practice and games by listening to music. At games and practice, I think bonds come through naturally since we have to rely on one another.”

Savannah Mahoney ’25, who is the unofficial manager of the team due to an injury that has prevented her from playing, said the team has a lot of younger talent.

“We have added a bunch of really good new freshmen and sophomores,” Mahoney said. “With new players, the team dynamic always changes, but it is going so great. We have such amazing players and they are fitting into the dynamic so well. We love everyone.”

Hill said she is most excited about tournaments the team will participate in later in the spring.

“I’m looking forward most to the tournaments that we’re going to play after spring break,” Hill said. “We don’t get to play multiple games in one day on school days, so I’m excited to see how the team and the coaches adapt to that.”

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