CA Girls Varsity Softball Breaks Win Record

Shelly Liu ’20

The CA Girls Varsity Softball Team finished a great season on May 20th, as the team competed in the B Pool of the 2017 NEPSAC (New England Preparatory School Athletic Council) Softball Tournament. Though they finished eighth in the tournament, they still achieved the fifth ranking overall, marking one of the most successful seasons of CA softball yet. The team members are looking forward to another wonderful season next spring.

Although the team finished with an impressive record, their season ended with many injuries on team. During their last game against Lexington Christian Academy, Gabriella Kennealy ’19 was hit on the head by a pitch while batting. This blow gave her a concussion and left her unable to compete in the following weekend’s tournament. In their second game of the tournament, pitcher Kaity Goodwin ’18 was hit in the face with a hard line drive straight off the bat. Luckily, she was not hurt because of her protective mask. Sydney Culbert ’19, who playing third base at the time, bravely stepped up to replace Kaity as pitcher for one inning.

A highlight of the season was when the team won against Newton Country Day School, a very competitive team in the league and last year’s EIL champions. The win is mostly attributed to Lauren Mazza ’19, who hit two home runs beyond the fence. Although it was a close game, with a final score of 5-4, CA was able to secure a victory.

For Ally Culbert ’17, Channah Powell ’17, and Jess Pine ’17, the team’s senior captains, this season concluded a great four years on the softball team. All three seniors have been with the softball program from their freshmen year and have helped build this team into what it is today. Their senior ceremony was guided by the heartfelt words from Courtney Fields, the team’s head coach, who congratulated them on a wonderful four years and thanked them for all they have done for the team. The team will miss these three in the coming season but looks forward to continuing to improve and to gaining new players.