by Nani Lambert
Beaverton High spring sports are just beginning which also means the beginning of the softball season!
Our Beaverton High girls have played in five games already this season! Senior and fourth year varsity player, Angelina Baseleon mentioned how she believes the season will overall be a “rebuilding season” due to the fact that so many of their starting varsity players from last season graduated at the end of last year, leaving the program with only four returning varsity players including Kimmie Burks, Kanani Lambert, Angelina Baseleon, and Sammy Madsen.
Baseleon also mentioned that she saw “great potential” within their team, expanding her point by saying “we have many talented players and an amazing coaching staff, our strengths are definitely having an opportunity to learn from coaches that have over eighteen years of coaching experience” she stressed the importance of having “approachable and understanding coaches” and how that aspect of the team helps them improve everyday.
The only clear disadvantages the team has this season is their lack of experienced players, Third year varsity head coach James Lambert stated that they are “fortunate to have 6 freshman who have played softball in some capacity over the last few years combined with only having four returning varsity players” he emphasized that “this year is all about gaining as much experience as possible.” also pointing out that they have many very young pitchers and catchers that will only get better as the season progresses.
Sophomore, second year varsity player, Kimmie Burks mentioned that the biggest obvious disadvantage their team has from the beginning of the season was that they are a “very young team and dont have the experience together than other teams in the metro league may have” which is a very similar answer to Coach Lambert.
Burks also emphasized how in the end of the day she loved how their team “is like one big family and we always know how to make eachother laugh even if we just lost a game.” Similar to Burks’s response, senior Sammy Madsen also explained how she loved “how welcoming and supportive all of the players are as well as the deep bonds and friendships we have created together despite the short amount of time we have been playing as a team.”
Don’t forget to come out and support your Beaverton High softball program, the times, dates, as well as location vary so be sure to look out for that information if you’re planning on attending a softball game.