The first weekend of March saw the Wilson College Softball team travel to Salem, Virginia to play in the Mountain Mash tournament hosted by Virginia Wesleyan (2017, 2018 National Champions). Friday was meant to be games against Susquehana University and Roanoke College; However, due to adverse weather the fields were unplayable and the games were cancelled. This spare time was used for team bonding in which teammates shared their ‘softball story’ of how they have made it to this point and what is expected for the upcoming season.
Saturday saw the team hit the field for the first time this season in a competitive match against Roanoke College. The team lost in a spirited performance and was a good hit out to get rid of the cobwebs. According to Megan Potter ’20, “It was our first time on the dirt this season because of snow so we played fairly well.”
Later in the day, the Phoenix played against Southern Virginia under the lights losing by one run 4-3 at the bottom of the 7th. Despite two defeats the team performed well for their first games of the season and can only get better from here and have a strong season. On the weekend, Daphne Buzard ’21, commented,“We learned as a team and grew closer together.”
Strong performances from individuals in this season opener show some promising signs for the team. Players to watch out for include Pitcher Megan Potter ’20, who is a two time NEAC first team selection who is striving to break the Wilson College strikeout record. Another player to watch out for is Jenna Carty ’21, who received a NEAC second team selection in her Freshman year. Able to play anywhere and a very capable hitter, Carty was Wilson’s home run leader last year. Moreover, catcher Meghan Bradley plays a crucial role behind the plate and brings a light spirit to the team. Potter ’20 also mentions, “runners shouldn’t dare to steal on her and pitchers should fear her when she’s up to bat.”
New recruits for Wilson fans to look out for include Freshman Taylor Durant ’22. Coming all the way from the state of Washington, she is a strong player in the field and batting lineup, certainly one to look out for. In addition, Freshman Chloe Perrin ’22, who has been a strong recruit to replenish the outfield with a rocket arm and very capable hitter, is looking to have a strong first season for the Phoenix.
Overall, a big season is in store for the softball team. A strong balance of youth and experience in this team suggests that Brett Cline’s side will perform well in this new conference. The goal for the Phoenix this season, as Buzard ’21 notes, “We are striving to make an impact on this new conference and our goal is to be in the playoffs.” Definitely go out and support the Phoenix who play some away games before making their first home appearance in mid-March.