BSGE’s varsity softball team kicked off the season last week, dominating their first two PSAL games against the Young Women’s Leadership School, 20-0, and Long Island City High School, 21-1. The official games began after several weeks of non-league scrimmages against Division A and B teams, which Lady Sting ended with a record of 4 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. Lady Sting is looking to win its division for the second consecutive season, and advance to the playoffs once again. Captain and shortstop Nina Don ’16 shared her thoughts on the start of the season. “I feel like it’s going really well. Our team is getting smarter and stronger after every game – even the freshmen are learning really quickly, and I hope this continues throughout the season.”
The team has been working hard since February, practicing three days a week at Big Bush Park in Woodside, as well as working out in the cafeteria and batting cages to prepare for the season. The team’s third annual Flapjack Fundraiser, held on February 27th at the Applebee’s near BSGE, was a success, raising over $1500 through ticket sales, raffles and donations. According to coach Virge Ramos, the fundraiser is crucial to the development of the season. It allows the team to purchase new equipment, spend time in the batting cages, and hire umpires for non-league scrimmages.
This season will be a bittersweet one as eight seniors will graduate this year. Center fielder Angelica Benares ’16 reflected on her four years playing for Lady Sting. “Out of everything about the softball program, I’ll definitely miss my team the most. They’ve become my favorite group of girls and we are a family.”
However, it’s safe to say the team will be in good hands after this season ends. Pitchers Emily Costa ’17 and Claire Bergerson ’17 are only two of the hardworking juniors who will be leading the squad next year. Claire, who led Lady Sting to victory in their first two games this season, feels the year has gotten off to a great start. “The team is enthusiastic and supportive and as long as we keep giving one hundred percent of our effort every game I think we can definitely keep the momentum going!”
To keep up with Lady Sting’s season, visit psal.org and stay tuned for updates on thebaccrag.com.