The Cabrini women’s softball team spent the week of spring break playing in two competitive tournaments in Salisbury, Md., and Virginia Beach, Va. The Lady Cavs participated in four games at the Virginia Wesleyan College Tournament on March 6 and 7. From there, they traveled to the Salisbury University Tournament where they played four games on March 13 and 14. The team took the trip to prepare for the upcoming season.
“It was nice to be able to play in weather that was nice, it was in the 70’s which is a lot different then playing in the 30’s which we have been practicing in,” junior biology major Liz Zimmer said.
In the Lady Cavs first tournament at Virginia Beach they opened up with a 5-1 win against Gallaudet University. Liz Zimmer pitched all seven innings against the Gallaudet Bisons, finishing with 14 strikeouts and only allowing four hits. Sophomore outfielder Susan Schmidt gave the Cavs a four-run lead in the fifth inning by hitting a two-run homerun. Chrissy Squillace added two hits and two runs scored against the Bisons. Cabrini then went on to lose three straight games against Gettysburg College, Emory & Henry College, and College of Staten Island.
“We ended up going 1-3 in the tournament but we had made great improvements from the prior year. For the team’s first time playing together in the dirt, it was really nice to see how everything was able to fall into place,” junior biology major Liz Zimmer said.
The week was not only used as a time to prepare but also a chance for the team to become closer and bond. They practiced in the morning but were able to have free time in the afternoon so they could enjoy other activities such as going to the beach and laser tag.
“I had a lot of fun not only on the softball field but off the field. I really got to know my team better and all of us really came together during our trip. I am really excited for the rest of the season,” freshman Sammy Thompson said.
The second tournament held at Salisbury University the Lady Cavs opened the tournament with a 4-1 win against Kings College. They lost their second game of the day to Christopher Newport University. On March 14 the Cavs took on the University of Mary Washington and Swathmore College and suffered losses to both. They ended the tournament with 1 win and 3 losses.
“We are a talented team and are very confident this season is going to be a great one,” freshman Sammy Thompson said. The Cabrini Cavs are ranked fourth in the CSAC preseason poll.