by Jennifer Devereaux
The 2001 women’s softball team won the PAC championship this past weekend and will move on to the Regionals from May 10-13. They beat Wesley 5-1 and Misericordia, 3-1 then defeated Misericordia again with a score of 1-0 to take the championship. The team’s coach Bridget Baxter shares their recipe for success.
Baxter has many nice things to say about the team. She feels that they are the best team in overall quality she’s coached. Baxter feels that what makes the team so successful is their strength, skill, positive attitudes, hard work and discipline. “They want to be here, they come early, stay late, are very unselfish care about each other,” said Baxter.
The players make a lot of sacrifices for the team. With the exception of winter up until Christmas break, the team practices year round. But even when they’re not practicing as a team they do on their own. They even give up their spring break to go on the team trip to Georgia. There they play the Lead off Classic Tournament that consists of two games each day for five days.
Baxter isn’t surprised by the team’s success this season, as all of the starters from last year came back, along with four talented first-year students. Not only is the team’s success good for its players and coach but for the college as well. “For Cabrini as a whole it’s huge. People that may not hear of Cabrini hear of us. It gives the college publicity and bragging rights,” said Baxter.
Not only has the team received recognition for their playing ability but their academic ability as well. The team is ranked No. 4 in the nation for academic achievement among women’s softball teams. Averaged together the team has a 3.36 grade point average.
What Baxter enjoys most about coaching the team is the daily interaction with dedicated people who work hard and give everything they’ve got. Moreover, she finds watching them evolve as individuals to be exciting.
Baxter feels the team will remain a success by recruiting the most talented athletes. “The players we have recruit other women. I get them here and then the player’s host them and they have a great time. Also, when they watch us play they see what a nice program it is to come into,” said Baxter.
Baxter feels that it is an honor to be the team’s coach. She is very proud of the players, win or lose. Although she is sad that the season is almost over, she looks forward to next year as all of the players from this year’s team will be playing again.