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Softballers swing Strong

by Julie Murawski, Sports Editor

The girls fastpitch team came back from a week-long trip to sunny Florida. They returned tanned & experienced but also with some injuries. Senior outfielder Kelly McCormick broke her ankle sliding into second base during a game and senior outfielder Kristin Stadler injured her knee during fielding practice. Aside from those injuries, the team finished with a 2 - 4 record and played some really talented teams. West G. came away knowing they had competed with some of the best.

Back in Ohio the team is struggling, as the team's chemistry is not clicking the way they had hoped. The team is 8-14 overall with close losses to Bershire, Perry, Aurora and Wickliffe (twice) and wins against Grand Valley and Hawken. They have at least 5 more games before the end of the season to develop the chemistry they need, though.

Junior Brittney Thrush has surprised many people this year with her talent on the mound. The team has noticeably improved on its hitting since last year, and they are relying on that and on their strong fielders to help them pick up some wins. Even though the team is struggling in the win column, they all agree that the season is fun. The fun off the field in the long run is more important than wins and losses. The team lost its sectional game to Beaumont, but they were winning after four innings until Beaumont staged a comeback to win. The team hit well the whole game. Sophomore Laura Goerke played well, filling in for injured first basemen, Molly Pashke.

The junior varsity and freshman teams are also going strong. JV has 9 - 3 record and are constantly working on their fundamentals and having fun. Surprising j.v. talent is coming from Eden Sizler, who recently helped the varsity, being the only natural left handed batter in the program. Good luck to all the girls with the remainder of their seasons.


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