Girls Varsity Softball Finishes on a High Note
by Sophia Tsanotelis on Friday, June 8th, 2012
The girl’s varsity softball team’s 2012 season ended even more strongly than it began. Thanks to their faithful fan section comprised primarily of parents and the devoted Mr. David Smith, the Mustangs sealed home victories with ease, winning all but one home game. Away, the girls adjusted to uneven, unfamiliar fields, transitioning with confidence from smooth dirt to patchy grass.
Though notorious for their poor first inning performances, the Stangs possess a rare, relentless drive, which Coach Amy Hickey calls the “It ain’t over til it’s over” spunk.
Captains Jane Ghublikian and Amy Chappel, along with senior leaders Maggie Walsh and Kate Couturier, consistently pushed the girls to work harder. These four soon-to-be alumni reminded the underclassmen of their talent and taught them how to use it to best benefit the team. The chemistry between the five newcomers–Genevieve Iwanicki (II), Sarah Anderson(II), Emie Atwood (III), Erika Lamere(IV) and Jamie Murray(IV)–and the returning players came naturally as each teammate developed the incentive to play hard not only for themselves but also for each other.
Freshman Erika Lamere commented, “This team was so welcoming and to be a part of it meant something special. I could always look forward to practice. While it was organized and productive, we never failed to save some time for fun.”
MA travelled to Marion to face Tabor in a competitive match. In the early innings, the Seawolves were up with a 4-1 lead. Though Milton hit the ball through the seams of Tabor’s defense, the girls were still down 11-6 in the 6th. In the top of the 7th, the Mustangs rallied back as Jane Ghublikian(I) slugged the ball over the fence for a grand-slam to tie the game. Unfortunately, the Seawolves’ timely hitting in their last at-bats gave them the 13-12 win. Despite the loss, the game served as a turning point in their season, as the girls proved to themselves that they could compete with highly-ranked teams.
Late in the season, the team trekked to Lawrence Academy. The Mustangs were eagerly anticipating the showdown against the Spartans, who, at the time, were 6-0. The Mustangs’ aggressive offense and composed defense resulted in a 3-1 victory. Jane Ghublikian, who had only been pitching for two years, controlled the mound, throwing a one hitter. While Jessica Li (II) owned center field with a classic ‘basket catch,’ Maggie Walsh (I) had a memorable diving catch in left field, preserving the no-hitter through six innings. Adding to the accolades, with two hits and two RBIs, Catcher Sarah Anderson (II) proved that Milton’s persistent offense was unstoppable.
No game this season could sum up the character of the girl’s softball team so well as their defeat of Nobles. The rivalry game at the end of the season was time for the girls to demonstrate how hard they practiced and to realize their full potential. The Mustangs were truly the underdogs, up against the 1st place team in the ISL, but the girls proved that the stats and standings were irrelevant in the wake of passion, motivation, and determination. Despite the Bulldogs’ 15-1 record, the girls played their best softball of the year, beating their rivals, 2-1.
“The best part about our last game,” commented Amy Chappel (I), “was that every player contributed, which speaks a lot to who we are as a team.” The Mustangs shared a fulfilling season of hard work, good friends, and a lot of laughter, finishing the spring with a lot to be proud of.
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