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Softball getting into rhythm of game with new underclassmen

After playing six games, the softball team stands with a record of 3-5. Despite early struggles, the team currently stands in first place in the El Camino League with a 2-0 record.

According to senior captain Lindsey Kim, the team’s initial focus at the start of the season was just to get into rhythm and gain familiarity with one another, not so much in getting victories.

“I think right now the team isn’t looking to win games, but to improve our team as a whole by working together and communicating on the field so when league starts we can focus on reaching our goal,” Kim said.

Now that league games have started, however, Kim attributes the team’s recent success to their strong group of underclassmen that recently came in.

“This season statistically speaking, started out rough with a 2-5 record,” Kim said. “However, this was due to us playing many teams that are in a better league. We have also added many underclassmen to fill in the gaps from last year. I think we are still trying to figure out the dynamics of our team.”

The team’s first two league games were against Lynbrook and Saratoga, in which they blew out both teams and won by the scores of 21-2 and 12-4, respectively.

While many individuals are new to the team, the team dynamics have improved through various bonding activities and have helped foster a sense of belonging in the underclassmen.

“Our team goals are to grow really close together in the short amount of time that we have and do as well in league as we can,” senior Abby Black said. “I feel the chemistry is great between our team. We do a lot of team dinners after games and all went camping together one weekend. I think we can improve by focusing more during practice because we tend to goof off with each other a lot and not pay attention.”

More recently, however, the team faced Monta Vista on March 20 where they cruised onto a 14-1 win.

“Our goal for this season is to win league and get into CCS,” Kim said.

The team will play its next game in a league game at home on March 22 against Gunn High School, and will play an away game against Cupertino on March 27 at 4 p.m.

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