Winless GSA softball team focuses on future

sports; GSA; ball; Central; Emma; Weed; score; 051817; Eagles; George Stevens Academy; baseball; game; high school; school; sport; team Eagles senior Emma Weed begins to slide home as GSA puts a run on the scoreboard against Central. Photo by Anne Berleant

Eagles senior Emma Weed begins to slide home as GSA puts a run on the scoreboard against Central. Photo by Anne Berleant

Blue Hill—Coach Todd Eckenfelder has filed the latest Eagles varsity softball loss—0-12 to Orono on the Red Riots home field—in the glass-half-full category.

“Considering we lost to them at home by a margin twice that bad only a few weeks ago, I think we can call it a moral victory,” he said.

With a team mainly composed of freshmen and sophomores, the May 16 result is a measurable sign of improvement for a team looking beyond this season.

“We still have a long way to go,” Eckenfelder said, “but my three seniors are encouraging our younger players and they are embracing the challenge to get our program back to a winning one, if not this year, in the next two years.”

With a 0-8 record nearly midway through the season, Eckenfelder is focusing on small improvements each day in practice, he said, “and chip away at the area where we need the greatest improvements.”

The Eagles are not the only Class C team still searching for a win but the only one among the teams they are scheduled to play during the regular season.

Eckenfelder said the losing record is not bringing the team low.

“These girls don’t give up, and they are enjoying this process of slow but deliberate growth as a team,” he said.

The team plays Class B Ellsworth (4-4) at home Thursday, May 18, then Dexter (3-4) away on Friday and at home Saturday at 12 p.m. before heading to Sumner (1-7) on Tuesday.

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