WMA softball rebounds with 24-8 win at Stoneleigh-Burnham
Rebounding isn’t a statistic in softball, but that’s exactly what the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Softball team did Wednesday – rebounded.
Coming off a lop-sided loss to one of New England’s top teams, the young Titans bounced back with an impressive 24-8 victory over Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield.
Birthday girl Bailey Giese ’15 smacked a homer, and Hannah Clewes ’15 pitched a no-hitter to help WMA to its first win of the 2012 season.
“To rebound after being beaten by a very good team, you have to rebuild the confidence,” said WMA Softball Coach Erik Kindblom, whose team was coming off a 15-0 loss to Governor’s Academy. “The girls kept rebuilding that confidence practice upon practice leading up to Stoneleigh-Burnham.
“I felt going into the Stoneleigh-Burnham game we had the most confidence we had had and it translated right into the first inning with four runs. The girls kept playing aggressively and kept playing with confidence and produced multiple runs each inning of the game. So hats off to our girls for being able to rebound from that first loss, building that confidence, taking that wave into the game, and being able to play aggressively and being able to put a lot of runs on the board.”
Hannah, who struck out eight and walked nine, said it was good to shake the loss to Governor’s Academy, which won the Independent School League last season.
“We definitely needed that win and it pulled us together as a team,” Hannah said. “We can feel good about ourselves instead of staying down because we had lost so badly.”
WMA’s offense gave the Titans reason to feel good. Coach Kindblom’s young group scored multiple runs in every inning, collected 13 hits, and had 34 base runners. The game was stopped after five innings due to a mercy rule.
“The pitcher was pretty inconsistent but her pitches were hard to hit because of the way they were thrown,” Bailey said. “We were able to get our timing down with the slower pitch.”
Bailey had her timing down. She went 2 for 2, with a home run, double, four RBI and five runs scored. Along with her no-hitter, Hannah went 3 for 5. Ariana Cassells ’15 was 3 for 4, while Allie Cerpovicz ’13 was 2 for 5 with a pair of RBI.
A real spark for the Titans was the play of Allie at catcher and Ariana at third base, who were both making their first starts.
WMA (1-1) plays at The Pomfret School in Connecticut Saturday at 2 p.m.
“With a young team, this is good and we’ll be able to build upon it,” Coach Kindblom said. “We have the Pomfret School coming up Saturday. They will be better than Stoneleigh-Burnham but won’t be as good as Governor’s Academy.
“This will be a good step up to continue to build our confidence, but to beat Pomfret we’ll have to be ready for them. We can’t rest on this one win. We have to use it as fuel to keep getting better. If the girls play as well and as aggressively as they did against Stoneleigh Burnham we should see positive things against Pomfret.”