Bianca Guidi ’18 was looking forward to another season as a member of the PHS softball team. She made the varsity team as a freshman and had high hopes to start off the 2016 season. However, weeks before the regular season began, she broke her leg.
“I was actually really upset and angry at myself,” Guidi said. “I was really excited to play this season and I thought that this season would be a very good one. I am very upset that I will have to miss most of it.”
Doctors have not given Guidi an exact timetable for her return, but have advised her to stay in her cast and off the diamond for at least a month. This setback has not taken away from Guidi’s love for the sport and the aspect of teamwork that is so prevalent in softball.
“I love how softball is a team sport and how everyone has to get along in order to do well. [When I am with my teammates], it is a great environment and always a good time,” she said.
Guidi has been a part of several teams, including the Central Jersey Lightning club team, but she holds the PHS girls team dearly. “High school [soft]ball is really intense, but we have a lot of fun and spend a lot of time together. We do team bonding activities and have sleepovers—we are just closer as friends and have a great time.”
Looking ahead in her PHS career, Guidi is focused on playing her game and helping the team once she comes back from her injury. “As a freshman, she came in and made a really big difference for the team—which is a great accomplishment,” said Head Coach Marissa Soprano. “She is really quick in the outfield and also contributes at the plate as well.”
As the youngest member on the varsity team, Guidi will have to take the leadership role in the coming years. “She is the only sophomore on the [varsity] team and we have quite a few people graduating, so we will need her leadership in the future,” Soprano said. “I think she will be able to step into that role very well.”