Softball: Success in Sportsmanship
by The Milton Measure on Friday, June 6th, 2014
MA Softball finished the season with a 4-11 record, highlighted by a comeback 8-7 win against Rivers. Although the girls had to overcome several challenges, including finding a new starting pitcher and managing the losses of both injured and graduated players, the team rose to the occasion. In facing these challenges, Captain Kayla Jang (I) recalled, “I never felt like I had to step up to keep people’s heads high—players did it themselves.” Through team scavenger hunts and wiffle ball games during practice, Kayla and Jamie Murray (II) established their leadership as captains to help bring the team closer both on and off of the field. Although having a “young” returning team of three seniors, two juniors, and six sophomores, the team’s players stepped up to the plate in all regards. Jamie remembers that, in particular, “Charlie Guscott (III) worked extremely hard behind the plate and did a great job rallying for the team.” Through remarkable dedication from the younger players coupled with unwavering optimism during the rougher patches of the season, Varsity Softball managed to reshape their identity as a squad and to improve on the field. When addressing the loss of key players, Coach Hickey noted, “The silver lining is that most of our players are now adept to two or three positions.” As a result of the team’s hard work, Katie Widenmeyer (II), Charlie, and Jamie gained recognition as batting leaders in the ISL; Kayla received an honorable mention nomination in the team’s Big East Tournament; and Ashley Adelberg (III) made a monumental catch over the fence at Governor’s to rob their hitter of a grand slam. Coach Hickey observed that the players’ “tenacity and enthusiasm for playing, and dignity during lopsided games” made them proud representatives of Milton. Such remarkable attributes made this team worthy and deserving recipients of the ISL’s Sportsmanship Award. With the strides that it has made this season, Girls’ Softball is sure to find success in the coming seasons with their new captains, Erika Lamere (II) and Jamie Murray (II).
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