Softball hopes for turnaround under new leadership

Of the 17 players who were on the varsity softball team last year, only five members continue to play on the team. (Courtesy Photo: A. Guerra)
Of the 17 players on last year’s softball team, only five have returned. (Courtesy Photo: A. Guerra)

By Roland Li, Staff–

Last year, the Davis High softball team finished the season with a disappointing 7-19 record. This season, the team hopes to improve under new head coach Melissa Wilson.

“We have a young team with strong senior leadership,” Wilson said. “I think we will surprise a lot of people.”

The young roster includes only three seniors, including Hazel Jackson.

“The freshmen on the team are pretty good and I think they can take the places of those who left this year,” Jackson said. “The year we’ll be better with a better coaching staff.”

Along with the team’s five freshmen, sophomore Taylor Trinidad is one of the underclassmen who will be counted upon to fill the void left by the departure of so many players.

“We have a great group of girls and the chemistry is really there,” Trinidad said. “Everyone wants to work hard and I think that we push each other very well.”

Trinidad also believes that the new coaching staff will help the team this season.

“I think that with our new coaches and team, we will be able to hold our own in the [Delta] League this season,” Trinidad said.

Full of young potential, the team hopes to win its first ever section championship on May 25.

However, in its path lies league powerhouses like Elk Grove. Last year, the Thundering Herd went 14-0 in league play and 28-4 overall, good for 76th nationally.

“We play in a very tough league so we need to be ready everyday,” Wilson said. “I think the greatest challenge is not playing scared. We need to have faith in our team’s ability and forget the past.”

The team has its first home test Wednesday, March 2 against Will C Wood.

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