Softball dominates on the field, looks to challenge for state championship


Photo courtesy of Mackenzie Norris

Starting pitcher junior Sami Rosenberg prepares to pitch the ball. The team’s pitching and defense have been strong this season, leading to many of their victories.

WJ softball has been making a statement this season. The team has incredible talent, clearly displayed by their current record of 10-1. Their domination on the field points to success for the upcoming playoffs.

The team is strong in all areas on the field, which has contributed to their success.

“We are a very strong offensive team. We can score a lot of runs when we are having a good day. We also have a strong defense combined with good pitching. We have added more speed to our lineup this year and depth as well,” coach Richard Carter said.

The team has not only come together on the field, but off it as well. Their strong friendships will play a driving force in their performance during playoffs.

“They have bonded well as a team. They really enjoy being around each other and that should lead to more success during competition,” Carter said.

The team holds a positive outlook going into playoffs and for the future of the team.

“I feel great about our performance so far. This team has an abundance of talent, all of which shows on the field. I am overjoyed with our performance so far, and am optimistic about what the future holds for such an incredible group of girls,” junior outfielder Mackenzie Norris said.

Their goal is to win the region and go to the state playoffs.

“I am feeling good about our chances going into the playoffs. Of course, we have a very tough region, and we will need to be playing our best in order to reach our goal of winning the region and going to the state playoffs,” Carter said.

The biggest moment from the season thus far was their comeback win against BCC, where junior infielder Carly Gilder hit a game winning double. Another highlight game was against Rockville, where sophomore Lydia Stelnyk pitched a no-hitter, and freshman infielder Ella Reynolds hit three home runs. Their depth of talent is the key to their excelling.

Their senior captains are a strong force on and off the field, whom they will greatly miss next season.

“As a senior, I am super sad about leaving the team. Even though I am super ready to not have practice everyday or be physically exhausted all of the time, I will 100% miss my teammates and having this outlet to all of the stressful things happening in school and in my personal life,” senior captain and infielder Brooke Levin said.

The team’s next game is senior night on May 1 at 5:15 p.m. against Watkins Mill.