Softball looking forward to 2013
This season's young and inexperienced Wilbraham & Monson Academy Softball team played like, well, a young and inexperienced softball team.
However, a year from now, there could be a payoff.
The 2012 Titans finished 2-10, with their wins coming against the Stoneleigh-Burnham School and Vermont Academy.
A deeper look, though, showed not only why WMA endured the season it did, but also that there is hope in the not-so-distant future.
Five players graduated from the 2011 team, and this year's squad included just one senior, leaving Coach Erik Kindblom with a vastly inexperienced group.
Also, Coach Kindblom beefed up the schedule for his Class C team. The combination of a young team and difficult opponents put the Titans a step behind when they took to the field, although the team took a good spirit to the diamond every day.
“This year we consistently played three freshmen and two seventh graders, along with three juniors and one senior,” Coach Kindblom said. “We had a young team playing tougher opponents than we did in the past. With stronger opponents comes better pitchers to hit against, more solid defenses to produce runs against, and harder hits to field and make outs.
“Coach (Don) Kelly and I are very proud of the mental toughness and perseverance these young women demonstrated each day to become the best team that they could be. Regardless of the team or pitcher we faced, they never backed down from a challenge or quit. They demonstrated the strength and courage to pick themselves up time and time again.”
Alyssa Natario '13, the team's second baseman, said WMA is in good position to make big improvements for next season.
“We had a real young team and a lot of newcomers so we had to teach them how to play and they picked up the sport pretty well so we had a fun season,” said Alyssa, who was named the team's MVP. “It's too bad we only won two games but we had fun doing it.
“We're hoping to practice more in the winter and get ready for the spring.”