Girls’ softball starts season strong

Elly Choi

With a change in leadership in the softball program, the squad started off its season with a 2-2 record.

After previous head softball coach Claire Rietmann-Grout stepped down from her coaching duties after one year at the helm, Melanie Williams stepped in as the new head coach.

“With our new coach, I feel like we are having a lot more fun, and we all enjoy going to practice,” pitcher and third baseman Kinly McCafferey  ’18 said. “We have fun together because we aren’t losing as much as we were last year, and with the new coach, we have better drills. Also, from the new coach, we have a better dynamic, which I think comes from her, which makes us a better team overall.”

The team began its season with games at the Lincoln Classic Tournament Feb. 27. There, it suffered a close loss of 3-2 to Sylmar, but quickly bounced back with a 9-3 win against Venice the same day.

The team’s strength this year is that it has a diverse team that has members who are skilled at each position, McCaffrey said.

The squad hopes  to strengthen its bond and play as a more cohesive unit during games.

Although there is only one senior to lead the team this year, the squad does not believe that this will affect its play for the season because everyone is adapting to each other’s playing style, and the team dynamic is stronger than ever, right fielder Princie Kim ’18 said.

The team has also lost to Notre Dame Academy 9-3 and defeated Windward 12-2. The Windward game was called in the fifth inning, as the mercy rule came into play.

“The season just started two weeks ago and so far we’ve been doing really well,” Kim said.