GSA softball team battles in loss

SPORTS; GSA; softball; Bucksport; infield; 060117 The GSA infield calls out the cheer to begin the fourth inning. Photo by Monique Labbe

The GSA infield calls out the cheer to begin the fourth inning. Photo by Monique Labbe

BUCKSPORT—The George Stevens Academy softball team held undefeated Bucksport to just one run in the first two innings before the Golden Bucks offense erupted in a 14-1 victory on May 30.

Sophia Steinbarger pitched a complete game in her first ever appearance on the mound, working full counts for several Bucksport batters throughout the game.

“[Steinbarger] battled through five innings, getting outs and throwing strikes, having never pitched in a high school game before,” said Coach Todd Eckenfelder.

Emma Weed led her team with a double, which drove in the only GSA run of the game. A senior, Weed has taken a new position at second base this season.

Eckenfelder said that while he did not have confidence for a win against the top-seeded team, he was happy with how his team went into the game mentally, battling through each at bat and limiting errors in the field when possible.

It has been a rebuilding year for the Eagles, as the team is led by only three seniors.

“I told these three seniors, at the beginning of the season, that they were going to be laying the foundation for future success, and they embraced that challenge,” said Eckenfelder.

As of the standings on May 31, the Eagles are out of playoff contention, with the final games to be played this week against Washington Academy (June 1) and Central High School (June 2). For Eckenfelder, it is not so much about the win and loss column as it is about the improvement dedication his team has shown throughout the season.

“These girls have experienced a lot of tough games this year, and they just never give up. We are only going to get better, and I am excited to see what happens over the next few years,” he said.

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