ThunderRidge softball rebuilding

Posted 9/12/09

Courtney Johnson The ThunderRidge High School softball team is in a building period. With no senior starters, the team is young and lacks experience. …

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ThunderRidge softball rebuilding

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Courtney Johnson

The ThunderRidge High School softball team is in a building period. With no senior starters, the team is young and lacks experience.

Their No. 1 pitcher, sophomore Renee DelToro, is out with a broken wrist, leaving all the pitching to freshman Ciara Archer.

Despite four straight non-league losses this season, the team continues to improve, as they try to find rhythm.

“We are starting to progress into having a good feel for the game,” junior second and third baseman Paige Coufal said. “Our weakness is that we lack confidence in ourselves as a team. That needs to be stepped up and when we do, we will be a good team.”

When player positions are finalized, the team will also be able to build some trust and faith in each other.

The confidence in both themselves and each other is something that will develop over time, as the girls grow as players and a team. The lack of senior leadership has so far been a downfall this season for the Grizzlies.

“We all know we are great players but we need to hear it from each other, not just our parents and coaches all the time,” Archer said.

Coming back from a deficit in the score is an area of struggle for the team this season.

“The team needs to not pay so much attention to what the scoreboard says, but what we do about it when we are lose or are down,” Coufal said. “It isn’t an automatic loss when we are down. We can come back.”

Freshman Ginger Hamilton and junior Kayla Jurrens lead the team with four hits a piece. Jurrens has two doubles and two RBI’s this season. More consistent hitting will help the team become more of a contender in the league.

“I think we have had pretty good defense this season,” Archer said. “We have had a few errors, but overall I think that has been a strength.”

The bulk of their Continental League play comes towards the end of the season when the team hopes to have all the kinks out.

“We need to keep a positive attitude and be pumped up for every game,” Archer said.

League play began Sept. 16 when the Grizzlies faced Rangeview. Results of the game were unavailable by press time.

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