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SLS Varsity Girls Softball celebrates

After dominating last season, the St. Luke’s Girls Varsity Softball team now embarks upon a new season that promises to be even stronger than the last. In the previous year, the team tied for first place with Greenwich Academy in the FAA tournament and won second place in the WNEPSSA tournament and FAA League. They ended their season with an impressive record–13 wins and only four losses. Although last year’s season was extremely competitive, this year’s is expected to be even more intense. But the team is ready to hit it out of the park. After losing one vital component of their team, captain Shannon McDonagh, this year the team is led by two new seniors: first baseman Jenny Price and catcher Janay Parrott.

A lot of last year’s success was attributed to the talented young pitcher Marissa Ruschil ’15. She lead the team to victory on numerous occasions. Entering the team this year as a second pitcher is sophomore Jamie Schlim ’15. Both Ruschil and Schlim are prepared to dish out dangerous knuckle balls, a key element to a powerful team. “The pitching really brings our game to the next level,” Coach DeMarco says. Schlim has not only been a great addition on the field, but off the field as well. Captain Price reports that every new girl on the team fits in exceptionally well with the returning players, and that this may be the best group of girls that she has ever been with. The two captains believe that the girls have already greatly improved as a team, and that each and every player is essential to their success. The team spent Spring Break together in Florida, getting to know each other and improving as players. In Florida, the girls won two out of three preseason games, proving their readiness for the approaching season.

Based on last season’s games, the girls’ biggest competitors will most likely be Greenwich Academy, King, Green Farms Academy and Rye Country Day. The team’s first game was on Wednesday, April 3rd, home against Canterbury, to get the season into full swing. The following game will be at Chase Collegiate on Friday, April 5th. Last year, the girls had a close game against Chase, losing by just one run, and this Friday they will be ready to avenge their loss. Their first league game is home against Convent of the Sacred Heart on Wednesday, April 10th. With so many heated rivalries, everyone should be sure to make it out to a softball game this season. It’s batter than any other sport you can find! Assistant Coach Haynie of 12 years encourages everyone to “Take a trip up the hill. We’re going to be a fun team to watch this year.” Coach DeMarco playfully added, “Not only will we be a fun team to watch, but we’re talented. We’re going to show people a really great game of softball.” The enthusiasm from the coaches alone should be enough to inspire you to watch this exciting team.

–Meagan Maguire and Maddie Jodka, Staff Writers

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