Softball Rides Hot Streak Into Match-Up Against LACES


Samuel Laxamana, Reporter

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Softball, 15-10-1, has won its last nine games with “excellent chemistry,” said senior Ashley Fox, a captain.

“We haven’t reached our peak yet,” she said.

Fox said that the streak will continue if the Gondos play hard in every game and with their hearts on the field.

“We have the streak for a reason,” she said. “Because we go all out every game, no matter who it is against.”

Fox expressed that cooperation among the team is important both on and off the field.

“If something isn’t clicking between us off the field, we usually aren’t successful in the game,” she said. “But we’ve been great at saying, “Play for each other,’ and ‘Stay strong, end strong.’”

Of course, with any successful team, work is required to get better, according to Fox.

“Our practices have been designed to work on the weaknesses of our previous game and keeping up our conditioning to keep our endurance up,” she said. “All of our practices have helped us to get to where we are now, as well as our several team bondings that have kept us as a close-knit group.”

The Gondos will also be visiting LACES today expecting to keep the winning streak going.

“LACES definitely has a lot of heart,” she said. 

Later this week, the team’s last league game will be against Hamilton this Thursday. 

Last Thursday against 3-8 Westchester, the Comets forfeited due to unexpected reasons. This was a heartbreaking game to many on the team, as it was Senior Night.

“We wanted to play on our Senior Night like any other sport, but we really just wanted the seniors to have their special day,” Fox said.

The Gondos defeated Palisades at home 5-2 last Tuesday. It was a game where everyone contributed in their own way, Fox said.

“They were definitely prepared, and I’d say we were as well,” she said.

Fox was hoping the team would score a little more, but the bats weren’t alive much that game.

The Gondos shut out University 22-0 Tuesday, April 19.

Junior Emelia Maza, a captain who plays shortstop, said that that game was a 100 percent team effort.

“When we play aggressive and don’t play down to the level of our opponents, we will be successful every time,” she said. “When everyone is playing for the team and taking care of their job, we can win like this against other teams in our league as well.”

One may be wondering why there is a “1” in the tie column. Well, that was a 5-5 tie against Bonita, 21-5-1, during a tournament Saturday, April 9.

Despite it being a tie, coach Tizoc Campos said that it was a good experience for the team as Bonita is extremely strong.

“That was an absolutely fun and challenging game for our girls,” he said. “We got to see them perform at a high level.”

Maza said that the team has to make smarter approaches when batting to successfully get baserunners home.

“In close games like this, we need to think more about the little things that will benefit the team rather than trying to go up and hit a home run,” she said.