The Bromfield varsity softball team kicked off its spring season last week on Monday, April 10, away at West Boylston, losing 9–2. But the team redeemed itself Friday, April 14, against Lunenburg, winning the game 2–1.
Coach Susan Silver commented on last season and the current one a couple of days before the first game. “We just missed making the playoffs last year,” she recalled. But “they’ve readjusted the league this year, so we’ve moved up, which is crazy. … We’re playing harder teams we haven’t played before.” She named her finest players as her four seniors: Liz Polimou, Kaitlyn O’Connor, Grace Barton, and Audrey Hettinger, as well as her pitcher, junior Kiley Russell. Promising members for the season included sophomore Bryn Pierce, freshman Philippa Harvey, and eighth-grader Sadie Karen. She listed Lunenburg, Tahanto, and Oakmont as tough teams in the league. The strongest point of the team is experience, she concluded. “I have eight kids that’ll start that have all had varsity experience …”
Liz Polimou, Bromfield senior, shared similar views. “I’m really hoping that we’ll make districts this year, because we have a lot of the same people as last year, and I felt we had a really solid group then, too,” she said.
Junior Kiley Russell agreed, adding, “The team’s really got to work hard if we want that. We will improve over … the season [by] pinpointing each player’s weaker skills and helping to improve those skills.”
“There are also some new girls that are showing a lot of promise,” senior Grace Barton said. “Hopefully this will be a great season, especially for the seniors!”
In last week’s game against the West Boylston Lions, both teams were scoreless for the first two innings. Then each team broke through with two runs in the third inning. The Lions continued scoring runs in the last three innings, but the Trojans were finished scoring for the day, and the Lions won 9-2. Trojan pitcher Russell struck out nine players over five innings.
On Friday, Bromfield defeated Lunenburg, a challenging threat previously mentioned by Coach Silver. Bromfield scored its first run in the fourth inning, and both teams scored one run in the sixth. Russell struck out 15 players.
The varsity softball team now stands 1–0 in its league division. Its next game is Saturday, April 22, at home against North Middlesex
Julia Deng is a Bromfield junior.