By Olivia Scott, contributing writer
The 2022 spring softball season is officially in full swing, following a pre-season tournament they attended on April 2nd and 3rd, where they won 4 of 6 scrimmages. They matched up well against Mashpee, crushing them in both games by a large margin, final scores being 15-0 and 12-0. They then also defeated Bourne twice, the first 4-3 and the second 8-7. Their two losses were to Baypath, and the familiar Falmouth team, who they struggled against last year. But, they did see a large improvement against this team, only losing 7-2.
As they continue with their early practices, the shared excitement is prevalent in everyone’s faces, even their very own Coach Maury has a special excitement on his face. After coming out of a covid sports season last year, Coach Maury was eager to start this season stating, “I feel very excited and positive about the 2022 season. After last year’s shortened season due to COVID, it will be great to have things back to normal.”
Maury also had something to say about the veterans on the team, saying, “We have a lot of returning varsity players which should be a big plus.” This seems to be a great source of leadership for the team.
Coach Maury also adds that he is “thrilled to see the strong registration numbers for our softball program this spring. We currently have 55 girls registered between grades 6 to 12. With these numbers, we will be able to field 3 levels of play (Varsity, JV, and CPS) and the future of the sport looks very bright.” As Maury explained the numbers for this year are exceptionally higher than past years seeing as last year there were just enough girls for a full varsity team and a few subs. However, this year the team has enough for a full JV and Varsity roster. A majority of the varsity teams are returning players and the JV team is all newer players including some 8th graders who have been brought up.
The Whalers face their very first opponent with the official opening game on the road, against Sturgis on April 6th. With a majority of the Varsity team being seniors, this will be their last softball season as a Whaler. Captain Maclaine Willett reflects on how she wants to spend her last season as a Whaler stating, “I would say that I just want to leave behind good memories with my younger teammates and definitely good lessons for them, I hope to be a good role model for them.” The varsity team had a good season last year with a good record and they hope to continue that this year.