It’s been a long and bitter winter for New Yorkers, and the brutal weather has affected student athletes who participate in spring PSAL sports. The girls’ varsity softball team, Lady Sting, has been working hard all winter throwing, hitting and running drills in the cafegymatorium, the only available indoor practice space. The snow covering the team’s home field, Big Bush Park in Woodside, prevented outdoor practice until early March. Despite the rain that cleared the last patches of snow from the field last week, on Monday March 16th the Public Schools Athletic League issued a statement cancelling all softball games and scrimmages Monday through Friday of that week, due to some lingering snow on certain fields across the city. This resulted in the cancellation of three scrimmages for Lady Sting and the postponement of their first official game against Robert F. Wagner, all of which were scheduled to take place at Big Bush. Team member Peyton Heron ’16 expressed her frustration. “It doesn’t make sense – our field is totally clear. We need the practice outdoors.”
Regardless of the delays, the team prepared for their first game the following Tuesday, against Queens High School Complex. On Thursday, March 19th, Lady Sting played an informal scrimmage against William Cullen Bryant High School at Bryant’s home field. BSGE walked away with an 18-4 victory, which hopefully marks the beginning of another successful season. This year, the team is welcoming a new coach, Mr. Aly Lakhaney, and several student managers. Lady Sting’s schedule is posted below – students, faculty and parents are encouraged to attend a game and support BSGE!
UPDATE: Lady Sting’s games on March 24th and March 27th have also been postponed due to more snow. Games are expected to be rescheduled over spring break.