As the season drew ever closer for the Lady Cavalier Softball team, the expectations for the team’s success this season have remained high, as the softball team is coming off of a tremendous year in which they finished only a game away from reaching States. Despite this, however, they did emerge victorious with their fifth straight district championship and, for this reason, there is much to be excited about.
“It feels great to start the season already. I’m excited to have a fresh start and practice harder than before so the Lady Cavalier Softball team becomes an overall well-rounded group of players,” junior Angelina Bonilla said.
Prior to the commencement of the softball season, the Lady Cavalier team usually practiced from every weekday to get into proper shape. Their practices usually consist of perfecting the fundamentals of softball, such as catching and throwing. To change up their typical practice routines, however, they sometimes begin scrimmage games to practice in-game scenarios. If not, they split off into different groups that focus on working either infield or outfield drills.
Throughout the preseason, the softball team had only two games. One was against the Coral Reef Senior High in which they lost by a score of 7-4, followed by a win over Key Gates. Their first game of the season was against Southridge High, and they took the victory in a run-ruled game by scoring 10 runs in the 5th inning to grant them the win. Especially against a good team, the win boosted team energy and made them confident in their abilities to perform well throughout the course of the season.
“Overall, our first game of the season was energetic and fun. Everyone had great at-bats that day and, defensively, our pitchers did great. I believe we just have to come out and be game-ready with an energetic attitude and have that confidence that we’ve got each other’s backs no matter what,” senior Kylie Santana said.
With such a successful first game to start off the season, the softball team is nothing but ecstatic for what the rest of the season awaits. They will train effortlessly to strengthen their skills to hopefully obtain their goal of reaching States. Make sure to go support your Lady Cavaliers at their upcoming game against South Miami on Mar. 19 at 3:30 P.M!