Girls softball embraces underdog mentality with lack of preseason game

A lack of playing time with limited on-field practice may have hampered some high school teams, but the PHS softball team entered the season with optimism despite a lack of preseason play. “I think once we get a couple of games under our belt, [the first few games] will act as our scrimmages really and then … we will get rolling,” said Head Coach David Boehm.

To start the season, seven scrimmage games were scheduled, all of which were cancelled due to poor weather and unplayable field conditions.

“[The weather] … limited the amount of time we could spend outside getting used to the field conditions and doing other work that we can only do outside, like outfield, live hitting, and baserunning,” said outfielder and Co-Captain Kelli Swedish ʼ16.

Nancy Gray ’17 at the plate on Wednesday, April 15. The Little Tigers fell to Steinert High School 1–3 despite almost matching Steinert in the number of hits.  photo: Nathan Drezner

Nancy Gray ’17 at the plate on Wednesday, April 15. The Little Tigers fell to Steinert High School 1–3 despite almost matching Steinert in the number of hits.
photo: Nathan Drezner

The team currently has a record of 1–5. The lack of preseason playing time seems to be showing on the field but players are looking forward to quickly getting back on the field for what they hope to become a successful season.

The addition of new team members was another unforeseen change this season. “We are kind of a new team,” said second baseman, Jordan Petrone ’16. “We lost [six] good players last year and we have a lot of young players [this year].”

According to several members on the team, losing the seniors from last season has opened up new positions and opportunities. “We have a lot of people playing positions that they haven’t played before. I think that if people get used to their new positions in the game and work on their personal goals, even though we are a young team, we will be pretty successful,” said Natalie Campisi ʼ16.

The team hopes to improve from its 7–16 record of last year. “We definitely want to get a lot more wins. Last year wasn’t that good of a year and we have a stronger team I think this year so that’s kind of what we’re hoping for,” Petrone said.

Swedish, who also anticipates improvement for this season, acknowledges the team’s past reputation as an underdog. “I love being the underdog,” Swedish said. “It motivates us to work harder and find strength and determination that we would otherwise have been unaware of.”

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