FRIDAY, JANUARY 22ND, 2021

The Palo Alto High School softball team is on track to have a winning season with an overall score of 14-7 and 4-4 in the league

The games in which the girls came out victorious had final scores with large margins, most recently a 11-0 win against Gunderson High School on April 28, where sophomore Mackenzie Glassford pitched a perfect game.

Prior to this, the girls defeated Harker 12-0 on April 20 and Lynbrook High School 18-1 on April 22.

The team’s biggest rival and top team in the league is Mountain View High School, whom Paly had a 4-3 loss to on April 15.

“We lost 4-3 but three of the runs Mountain View got were unearned so we should have won 3-1,” senior pitcher Casey Glassford said.

The team has a batting average of .338 and a fielding parentage of .921, proving an efficient defense. The winning percentage is 67 percent.

Despite these impressive statistics, the girls are fourth in the El Camino League, behind rival Mountain View, Monta Vista High School and Santa Clara High School.

“We need to work on getting timely hits, reducing errors and [our] communication on and off the field,” junior outfielder Natalie Snyder said.

Casey Glassford voices her optimism for the upcoming season.

“This season is going so much better than last season, everyone is really stepping up and contributing to the team,” Casey Glassford said. “For the rest of the season we’d like to have our defense remain tight and keep doing damage at the plate.”

Coach Bill Laskey is hoping to build a strong program, investing in freshman potential on junior varsity and shaping them into strong athletes by the time they reach varsity.

With at least two games a week, the girls have had the opportunity to bond together as a team.

They are able to build off each other’s energy during games and practices, according to Snyder.

Softball at Paly has not gotten much publicity or attention in the past years.

However the girls hope that they can develop a larger fan base this season for both the varsity and junior varsity team,  according to Snyder.

“Come out to the softball field on May 8 to support us as we face Mountain View on home turf,” Casey Glassford said.

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