Softball forced to play eight games in six days

By Catharine Hernson
April 10, 2003

Nina Scimenes

Cabrini’s softball team has a rough schedule ahead. The team’s games have been rained out frequently in the last few weeks and the April snowfall hasn’t helped either. The season has to end by the 26h of April, leaving the team 16 days to play 18 PAC games.

Coach Karen Pelkey is ready for the challenge and realizes that the problem is affecting the rest of the spring sports as well. Her core of seniors has the same feelings towards the postponement-ridden season. “All the games in a row is fine, it’s like when we were younger, playing four games in a day, but it’s really hard on the pitchers,” Heather Tu, said. Tu, a senior received an honorable mention for PAC player of the week last week. The shortstop hit .500 with two homeruns, including a grand slam, scored four runs and seven RBIs.

Rita Horning, senior at first base, leads the team with a .405 batting average (tied with freshman Jen Taggart). Horning also has five homeruns and 21 RBIs, “I’m doing my job as a senior. Coming everyday ready to play and keep your team up, and being a leader.”

The team always has high hopes for the season, including winning the PAC championship. The constant games will be trying for the team. “It is a lot of stress on us physically, especially on the older players,” Mel Klaus, senior, said.

The team has been led by the three seniors, but remains young, with eight sophomores and two freshmen. The pitching staff, Amy Welch a freshman and Ang Templin a sophomore will be left to face the short season. With challenges ahead the team remains positive. “We can do it,” Tu said.
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