By Christopher Ramos ‘15
Breaking even, the softball Hornets won against Abraham Lincoln High School, making their record 7 wins and 7 losses. The game took place at Marine Park on May 6 and ended with a score of 19 to 16.
This shows progress compared to last season’s record of 4 wins and 12 losses. The girls will have a chance to make it even better, as they have a game scheduled against Fort Hamilton High School. Earlier in the season, they beat Fort Hamilton High School with a whopping 9 point difference, so the Hornets are likely to win.
“I think our improvement has a lot to do with the fact that we have finally become a team,” said Coach Ferrarin. “There are no more cliques that once divided our team, and there is better chemistry.”
This progress is a good sign, considering there have been many changes this season. One of the biggest changes is the addition of seven new players.
Change is considered a hassle in situations like these, but Coach Ferrarin looks at the addition of new players in a positive light.
“The new personalities mesh well,” said Coach Ferrarin.
An improvement in team relationship isn’t the only reason why progress was made. The girls also trained, despite their hectic schedules. During the season, the team has games scheduled so close that it is hard to find time to practice. The girls practice whenever they can at Marine Park. At the practices they work on both their skills and strategy.
“We do sports specific training,” said Coach Ferrarin. “Most of the time we are going over offensive and defensive plays, but it depends on what we are struggling with.”
The team has worked hard this year, and it has shown, but the girls aren’t content. They wanted to make it all the way to the playoffs, something that has proved to be difficult in the past.
“We didn’t make it to the playoffs last season, but I think considering the progress that we have made, it is only a matter of time before we do,” said Melissa Piccione ’15 a member of the team.
Despite the progress the team has shown and the confidence of the players, there are obstacles the team knows they must overcome before they make it to the playoffs. The most obvious obstacles are other teams. The teams they haven’t been able to beat for two seasons straight are from James Madison, the High School of Telecommunication Arts & Technology, and New Utrecht. James Madison’s team has maintained a winning streak in the season so far. With a record of 15 wins and 0 losses, they are considered to be a tough obstacle.
“We have always had trouble with teams like James Madison’s,” said Melissa Piccione ’15. “Maybe next season we will finally break their winning streak.”
Another obstacle that the team confronts is not on the field, but in their everyday lives. This obstacle, or more like a nuisance, is stress. Around this time of year tests, projects, deadlines, and much more fill students’ minds and schedules. This is especially true for juniors, who happen to make up a large portion of the team. The subsequent fatigue really has an effect on the girls’ performance.
“As the end of the school year approaches my life has become more and more hectic,” said Amy Donovan ‘15, a member of the team. “To have to stay on top of both school and sport is demanding.”