Young GSA softball team  works to find strike zone

sports; GSA; softball; Orono; Mallory; Charette; 050417; Eagles; George Stevens Academy; game; high school; school; sport; team Mallory Charette pitches for GSA to try to out Orono.  Photo by Franklin Brown

Mallory Charette pitches for GSA to try to out Orono. Photo by Franklin Brown

Blue Hill—The Eagles varsity softball team may still be searching for a win—or even a respectable score after suffering double-digit losses in its first four games—but the team is far from defeated.

“The players have stayed positive and upbeat, supportive of each other,” Coach Todd Eckenfelder said.

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Emma Weed bats for GSA. Photo by Franklin Brown

In a 22-7 loss to Orono  (2-2), second base player Hope Osborn injured her knee, and the team will have to shift its players in upcoming games, Eckenfelder said, offering new opportunities for some players to contribute.

“Our biggest problem currently, is throwing strikes. We only had one returning pitcher, and she was inexperienced,” he said. “This is the area in which I see us making the most gains in performance.”

Ahead of a scheduled game against Central, also at 0-4, that was subsequently postponed because of rain, Eckenfelder said that while he was unfamiliar with Central’s team, “we will have a hard time if we can’t put the ball over home plate. We need to give our defense a chance to make some plays.”

While strategically, George Stevens needs to increase pitch counts for its pitchers, “that being said, I do appreciate the aggressiveness of our players adjacent to some very good pitching thus far,” Eckenfelder said. “I do know we will get better as the season goes on, and as these young ladies continue to play next year and the year after.

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