• Softball: Sliding into States

    by  • June 2, 2014 • Homepage, Sports • 0 Comments

    Jonathan DeCiccoManaging Editor of Sports
    Senior captain Haley Sutera catching.

    Senior captain Haley Sutera catching.

    Senior captain Keirra Sexton running after hitting the ball.

    Senior captain Keirra Sexton running after hitting the ball.

    Sophomore Alexis Brown pitching and senior captain Julie Bourgea at third base.

    Sophomore Alexis Brown pitching and senior captain Julie Bourgea at third base.

    Junior Jillian Powers catches a line drive.

    Junior Jillian Powers catches a line drive.

    Junior Taylor Figueiredo preparing to swing the bat.

    Junior Taylor Figueiredo preparing to swing the bat.

    The Malden High School girl’s softball team has dominated this spring season.  Tearing through the Greater Boston League, the girls made it to the first round of states.  With a variety of new and returning varsity members the girls have proved themselves a force to be reckon with.

    With a record of 15-5 in the regular season, the team became co-Greater Boston League Champions with rival, Medford.  Although the teams share this GBL title, the MHS girls prove their dominance as they hold the better record over Medford’s 11-9.

    The team is lead by senior captains Keirra Sexton, Haley Sutera and Julie Bourgea.  On varsity since their sophomore year, the girls are experienced leaders.  Bourgea states that her favorite part about the sport is, “the importance of teamwork.”  Explaining that the only way to be successful is for the the girls to work as one cohesive unit, learning each others strengths and weaknesses and improving over time.

    The girls have become a model of teamwork, not only through their interaction on the field but off.  Junior Shannon Gibson says that, “[they have] become more than a team, but a family, pushing eachother along the way.”  The girls are not merely teammates but friends, bonding over their passion for the sport and this is what makes them so successful.

    Sophomore Alexis Brown was named MVP of the GBL this season.  On varsity since her freshman year Brown is truly dedicated to her success in the sport.  “I love the feeling of getting a good hit or striking someone out,” exclaims Brown.  The starting pitcher for the team, Brown has 180 strikeouts for this season as well as a batting average of 43 out of 70 hits, and 49 runs batted in (RBI’s).

    The team was seeded 8th out of 24 teams in the MIAA North Division 1 league.  Unfortunately, the girls lost to Framingham which ended their season.  Despite this loss the girls have definitely represented MHS in the best way possible.  Through their excellent sportsmanship and relentless effort, the girls have gone far this season.

    After a very successful season and only a loss of four seniors, next year is looking brighter than ever. From the endless amount of dedication to the hard work the girls have put in, is obvious their success will be admired by others.  Softball is not just a sport to these girls, it is a way of life and through this mentality the girls will continue to succeed.

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