Softball wins three before league begins

Softball wins three before league begins

Diamond Bar High School softball players were back at bat as of March 1, making their first appearance in a game just one week later. 

Thus far, the team has procured three wins and seven losses, which head coach Kurt Davies attributes to the lack of bonding opportunities and team synergy this year. 

“I think part of our slow start is that we didn’t get an opportunity to get together as early as we would have liked in the year,” Davies said. “It takes a few weeks of us getting together,  practicing together, for us to gel as a team.”

Regardless, Davies said that he believes the level of competition that the girls are facing this early in the season will benefit them in Mt. Baldy League games, which began this week. In addition to experience, he also said that the team is working on improving its hitting and defense.

As the weeks progress, Davies said that the girls have already improved. In its later games, after a few weeks of practice, the team has shown much better teamwork than they did initially. They won their third game 13-7 against Don Lugo, their fifth game 10-1 against West Covina and their eleventh game 22-6 against Garey High School.

CIF recently announced that there will be playoffs for softball; the Brahmas are part of  CIF-SS Division 2.

“That’s exciting, it gives all our girls something to shoot for,” Davies said. 

Davies lamented last year’s shortened season, and expressed his appreciation that sports were able to occur this year. 

“This year more than any other year, it’s just being together,” Davies said. “In years past you might be able to say wins and losses but, I think our team this year is just enjoying every single moment that we have together because we learned how quickly that can be taken away from us.”

Some of the team’s notable players  are seniors Alexis Martinez, Sierra Griego and Kailee Skidgel. Davies praised them for standing out by displaying their high skill-set and teamwork in the first few games of the season. 

“Alexis is our pitcher and we’re only as good as our pitching, Kailee has done a great job as our leadoff hitter, really setting our team up for success, and Sierra is one of the better centerfield defenders,” Davies said.