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Play for the Love of the Game!

The softball team has started this season with three losses, but the girls are confident their enthusiastic play will translate into a successful 2009 season.

This year the softball team is relying on a balance of veterans and young guns for another exciting season.

“The team has a number of strong returning players including seniors Jackie Barajas ’09 at shortstop, Dani Moncion ’09 catching, and Jane Kundl at second base,” said English teacher and Softball Coach Elizabeth Buron as she explained this season’s lineup.

“With some strong new talent, we are looking forward to a strong season. We will rely on the veteran pitching of Catherine Schopp ’10 and new pitching skill in Jackie Tavella ’11.”

The softball program has gone through demanding seasons due to shortages of players and fan support. However, the real strength that lies beneath the team is the positive attitude and the players’ enthusiasm for the sport of softball.

“Softball is not a marquis sport,” said Ms. Buron, “but we always get a group of talented and enthusiastic girls who are eager to play hard and have fun during the spring term.”

Although the softball team underwent two losing seasons in the past two years, they also had a fantastic 10-3 in 2006.

“We had one of the two best pitchers in the league in 2006,” said Ms. Buron. “That helped us to a fantastic season.” One of them happened to be Ellen Scott ’06, the older sister of Robbie Scott ’09, the current starting shortstop for the boys’ varsity baseball team

“Softball may not get as many people or wins,” said Courtney Murray ’11, “but we have a lot of fun while building friendships and improving our skills.”

This season, thirteen enthusiastic softball players will play hard and also learn the most important lesson of sports, “to enjoy it to the fullest.”

And as Ms. Buron added, “Softball is a great spring sport and people should always come out and support all the DA teams!”

Maybe the element that the softball team has been missing out on is the support of their classmates.