By Peter Grabowski ’17 and Nick Cardieri ‘17
As the new season approaches, Girls Varsity Softball is getting back into the swing of things. The girls are all looking forward to playing again, and they are looking to make a statement this year. Coming off of a winless 2015 season, the Lady Hornets have a chip on their shoulder and want to make their presence known in their new Brooklyn B II division.
“I am excited to start the season soon, softball is what I look forward to during spring and I love to be able to compete for my school,” said Cassidy Hallahan ’16.
The girls have been practicing almost every day, and they try to perfect their craft. A typical practice focuses on hitting, fielding, pitching, and the fundamentals of softball. The Lady Hornets believe that their hard work will pay off in a few weeks come game time.
“This is going to be my second year on the team and I am excited to see what’s in store because I think that we have been working very hard and are ready for some real game competition,” said Sophia Paone ’18.
The Lady Hornets scrimmaged Sunset Park High School on March 23 and despite no one keeping an official score, they believed that they played a good game and are ready to compete in conference play.
“We played very well against Sunset Park High School and I am excited to start the season. This is my first year on the team and I want to be a valuable asset to the team and help us win in any way possible,” said Diana Barskiy ’17.
The Lady Hornets played Erasmus Hall Campus to start their season on April 8. They got off to a quick start and didn’t look back. The girls showed that all of their hard work during the offseason paid off, as they beat Erasmus Hall Campus 22-0. The majority of The Lady Hornets’ runs came from grand slams from Julie Greenspan ’17, Rebecca Ribenbach ’19, and Cassidy Hallahan ’16. Cassidy Huertas ’19 pitched a complete game shutout and earned her first career varsity win in her Midwood debut. The girls were extremely excited after their performance and recorded their first league win in over a year.
“We all trusted each other and made the big plays when we had to. It’s always good to start the first game off with a win but it feels even better to do it by scoring as many runs as we did,” said Barskiy. “I am so proud of the work that we have put in up until this point and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the season unfolds.”
With a win already under their belts, the Lady Hornets are expecting even more as they continue their season and the whole school will be rooting for them as they keep playing games.