Softball season off to sunny start

By Shane Evans
March 16, 2006

Caitlin McDevitt

A sunny, beach-filled week in California is a vacation for most, but not for the Cabrini girl’s softball team.

Going to the Sunshine State for their annual spring break trip, the Lady Cavs had a six game schedule on hand against some of the best teams in the country.

“It was an interesting experience for us,” Megan O’Brien, a junior elementary education major, first basemen and captain, said. “We had a lot of young players who hadn’t played at the college level before, and it was definitely something different for them. We also did a lot of bonding as a team and that really helped us because a big majority of our starters were new.”

The team opened the trip on a low note, losing 9-1 to York University. Senior leftfielder Jen Taggart was the lone bright spot for the Cavaliers, going 2 for 3, with a run score, which was the only run.

Their best game on the trip was against Catholic University, where the Lady Cavs trailed 6-1 late in the game and rallied back to win it 7-6. O’Brien came up huge for her team by going 3 for 4 with three RBIs and three runs scored.

“That game was a huge win for us,” O’Brien said. “It really got our confidence up because we were able to rally and win the game. Those kinds of wins have such a positive effect on the team because it brings us all together. Everyone on the team played well that day, and it showed with the victory.”

O’Brien was not exaggerating when she said that everyone played well. The whole team was involved in the victory, including freshman exercise science major Caitlin McDevitt, freshman marketing major Andrea Mory and freshman psychology major Kristie Sandefur.

The Lady Cavs closed out the trip losing the final two games. That, however, didn’t stop the team from enjoying the beautiful weather and great scenery.

“We really had a great time,” O’Brien said. “The whole team felt included and a part of something and that is the real purpose of these trips. to get the team on the same page for the regular season.”

With their first regular season game scheduled for March 17 at 2:30 p.m., Cabrini is primed for a quick start to the season and a chance at regaining the Pennsylvania Athletic Coference for the sixth time in seven years.

Posted to the web by Brian Coary

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