Softball ends slump with win in tournament

By Cary Volpert

The Wolverine softball squad has found itself fighting right alongside the rest of the pack in the Mission League this year through its first 15 games of the season. Sporting a 1-3 record in Mission League play and a 8-9 record overall, the softball crew will try to build off their most recent 6-2 win over Monrovia, which finally ended a five game losing streak.

“We have pitchers that do a great job but they need their defense to step it up so that they won’t feel they need to strike out every player,” team Captain Emma Katz ’09 said. “The team is doing a lot better at the plate and being more aggressive but there’s still a lot of improvement that needs to be done.”

Katz says success relies on the players working together as a cohesive unit.

“I think when we play as individuals that’s when we make the most errors, but when we work together as a team and support one another we see good results.”

Chelsea McMahon ’10 agrees with her captain that there is a lot of improvement needed.

“I definitely do not think that [our record] reflects the hard work that our team has put in this season,” McMahon said. “In my opinion we are underachieving, and I know that we can do a lot better than we have been. The problem with our team is that we have a lot of new kids, and they need to develop the sort of attitude that will allow them to believe in themselves.”

Besides the team’s below .500 record, the softball program can still be excited about the young talent coming to varsity.

“I’m looking forward to ending the season with a bang,” McMahon said. My goal for the team is to play as hard as we can, regardless of the outcome. We need to walk off the field knowing that we did the best we could, and be proud of it”