Softball’s young talent shows promise for future

Sophomore Nora Cleary pitches against Richard Montgomery on April 19.

By Dana Youngentob, News Editor

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The softball team has had a rough start to the season. After seven games, the Bulldogs have clinched just three wins.

The team beat Richard Montgomery 10-2 April 19, Bethesda-Chevy Chase 11-4 April 14 and Einstein 6-4 April 11.

However, the team opened the season with a 9-4 loss to Northwest March 21, followed by losses to Magruder and Quince Orchard, both 2-1, March 23 and 26, respectively, and a loss to Whitman 8-5 April 16.

The runs in the B-CC game started with a lead-off single in the bottom of the sixth inning to start an 8-run hitting rally.

“I think the negative results so far come from lack of experience,” coach James Collins said. “We have six new starters every game.”

According to Collins, sophomore Nora Cleary has improved and taken on more of a leadership role to become a starting pitcher in her first year on varsity.

“I’d have to say Cleary has really done a great job so far,” Collins said. “She is the starting pitcher. She really stands out for that reason.”

According to junior captain Katie Jenkins, although it has had a few early struggles, the team’s main goal is to have a winning season.

Despite the rough start, Collins and Jenkins believe that the players are doing everything possible to win.
“We have team dinners at Noodles and Co. to bond with each other,” Jenkins said. “We want to create relationships with each other.”

According to Collins, the team is enjoying its time together and working hard to improve.

“There is a positive energy among the players,” Collins said. “This team is a really good group and I am enjoying coaching them.”

The team is looking to change the course of the season in upcoming conference games. They face-off against Wheaton April 28 and Blake May 1.