by Josh Ellis on Friday, April 20th, 2012
The varsity softball team started off the season in the sweltering heat of Orlando, Florida, playing up to six hours a day and facing teams from all over the East coast. Captains Jane Ghublikian (I) and Amy Chappel (I) led the team through six hard-fought games over the spring break trip and the team’s progress over the week forecasted a strong start to the season.
In the team’s season opener, Milton defeated Rivers in a 10-4 victory to set a positive tone for the upcoming games. Softball travelled to St. George’s the following Wednesday to clinch their second victory 18-0.
The first two games of the season highlighted the team’s strengths, as nine newcomers, Sarah Anderson (Class II), Genevieve Iwanicki (Class II), Emmie Atwood (Class III), Jamie Murray (Class IV), and Erika Lamere (Class IV), joined the returners. The aggressive defensive plays were supported by the strength on the mound from pitcher Ghublikian and from Anderson behind the plate. Offensively, the team is catching its stride with back-to-back homeruns from Ghublikian in the season openers and high scoring games to start the season.
The team faced its first defeat at the hands of Brooks on Saturday and though it was a hard loss to face so early in the season, the girls rallied to give Milton High a close game in the Celebrate Milton exhibition game, ultimately losing 5-4 but hoping for a rematch later this season.
The team’s greatest strength this season seems to be its cohesion as the team’s laughter and inside jokes shouted from the bench are enough to break the nerves of any teammate up at bat.
With a lot to work on coming off of two recent losses, the closeness of the team compounded with the players’ strong bats and potent defense generate a lot of promise for the season ahead.
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