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Friday, June 26, 2009

 

Middle School softball pulls together for a winning season

 

Back row, left to right: Dan Hunt (Coach), Julia Veitch, Laura Kolstad, Lily Jewell, Abby Samargya, Colleen Laughlin, Samantha Blue, Chasidy Jaquith (Manager); Front row: Jackie Gray, Paige Howard, Maddie Creighton, Belle Hankey, Angela DeBruzzi, Andrea Schmidt, Katie Nunan, Rachel Andre. Missing from the photo are team members Alexa Smith and Morgan Smith. (Courtesy photo)

The 2009 edition of the varsity girls softball team at Carlisle put together a solid season. Led by nine eighth graders, the team compiled a 6-5 record against a very tough set of opponents, beating everyone on their schedule at least once, with the exception of Concord. The girls put forth valiant efforts throughout the season, and they showed tremendous growth and improvement on the field, and they truly epitomized what a team is all about.

The season started on a high note with a 7-1 win over a tough Tyngsboro team. After winning their opener, Carlisle proceeded to win two more to run their record to 3-0. Following the strong start, however, Carlisle ran into some hard times, losing their next four games (vs. Acton, Tyngsboro, Concord and Stony Brook). Three of the games were decided by two runs or less, with two of these games being decided by one. The final leg of the season saw Carlisle turn their fortunes around, as they won three of their last four games. It was during this run that the girls played solid, smart and fundamental softball to finish the year out strong. A 6-5 win over a worthy Clarke team during a dreary, cold and overcast day kicked off the turnaround, as the Huskies overcame the weather and the opponent as they displayed tremendous character.

The next game was another nail-biter, as Carlisle hosted Blanchard in a rematch of the 19-17 game from earlier in the season. This game saw great pitching as they silenced their offensive-minded opponents and gained a 5-4 victory.

After a crushing 9-0 defeat at the hands of Concord, where the opposing pitcher threw a perfect game, Carlisle had one game left to play, a showdown with an undefeated Acton team that they had not beaten in recent memory. This game proved to be the epic battle that it was expected to be, as through six innings the visiting Carlisle team held a slim 1-0 lead over one of the league’s premier pitchers. The seventh inning saw Carlisle add to its lead, as the bats came to life with four consecutive hits. When it was all said and done, Carlisle pulled out an exciting 3-0 victory, and the girls celebrated the feat and a season that saw them overcome a tough mid-season slide as they finished with six wins and five losses on the year.

So, the 2009 season is in the books, and it will go down as a successful one. The leadership of the nine 8th graders (Michelle Carey, Maddie Creighton, Belle Hankey, Lily Jewell, Colleen Laughlin, Jackie Gray, Paige Howard, Sam Blue and Abby Samargya) will be hard to replace, but they set a tremendous precedent for the teams of the future through their hard work and dedication. The mantle now falls to the underclassmen, seventh graders (Morgan Smith, who was out most of the year with a leg injury, but who will be counted on next year, Lexi Smith, Julia Veitch, Katie Nunan, Rachel Andre and Angela DeBruzzi) and sixth graders (Laura Kolstad and Andy Schmidt), a talented group of young ladies who will look to maintain the strong tradition of softball here in Carlisle.

Finally, the team wishes to thank their manager, Chasidy Jaquith, for her help and dedication during the season. The girls would also like to thank their parents for the unwavering support. Despite weather, work, or any other things that crop up during the day, the parents remained a devoted group ready to support their daughters and the team, and it is much appreciated! ∆


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