Full swing into Softball


Mitul Kalra

BATTER UP: Junior Kamryn Scott perfects her pitching technique.

Rachel Gima and Tyler Wong

Spring is just around the corner, and right off the bat, Northwood’s spring sports have shown off their talent at both practice and games. The Softball team is no exception, having spent the last few weeks hard at work, batting, catching, fielding and sliding their way into the season. 

This year’s group of dedicated and determined girls are especially unique in their wide range of experience; some have many seasons under their belt while others are brand new. However, they have been successful in figuring out how to adapt to the new team dynamic and in pitching ideas to rework their strategies in order to combat this initial challenge. 

“We have a very young team, with a lot of girls that have never played the game before, which shows their courage,” head coach Jennifer Petrosian said. “Being so willing to put themselves out there is not an easy thing for teenagers to do. But our returning players are extraordinarily kind and compassionate and take them under their wings.”

The team is led by its captains, juniors Amber Kurtz and Kamryn Scott and sophomores Rachael McLaughlin and Allison Morikawa. These athletes fulfill this role through their play and leadership.

“My goal is to keep working hard and encourage others to do the same,” Morikawa said. “I try to do everything I can to help the team.”

While skills and techniques are important, the athletes also discover lessons about hard work and genuine effort that apply to other parts of their lives. This process not only improves their playing on the field, but also fosters a sense of camaraderie among the team. 

“Everyone likes winning games,” Scott said. “And while that’s important, I value the amazing friends I have made through softball. The girls have such a blast out there and the support of each person on the team makes it awesome.”

The team looks forward to its first league game on March 24 against University High School. 

Until then, the athletes will continue to work hard and refine their skills.

“If everyone can keep an open mind and continue to be kind, compassionate and brave throughout the season,” Petrosian said, “regardless of our record, that will be a huge win.”