The 2018 softball team has made major improvement since last season, already winning more games (4) halfway through this current season compared to last year (3). Going into this new year, both the players and the coaches were excited and hoped to better their 5th place finish in Division 1.
The seniors in particular have had high expectations for the team. Captain Emma Kirkpatrick said “One of my goals for the season is to win more games.” Senior Kayla Lam, said “Many of the players have improved, so we expect to place higher in standings.”
Besides the fact that the team is counting on a number of experienced players this year, who all now have been part of the team the last few years, they have also added a new coach, Scott Peradotto, a professional softball player who has won the title of Fastpitch World Champion. He has been coaching for over 20 years and coached Mission’s team last year before coming to Galileo.
Coach Scott not only bring a wealth of experience, but also new methods of coaching that has helped the team show dramatic improvement. Every practice the team focuses on running and hitting. According to Coach Scott, running wins games and hitting helps players get on base. All these methods have been helping them do better in game play.
Another part of the game that Coach Scott is focusing on is training pitchers. Assistant coach, Mr. Cossey says, “It is very important to have a good pitcher, without it you are doomed”. The softball team has been training more pitchers in order to strengthen the team as a whole. In addition Coach Cossey also said, “the future looks bright because there are many experienced and passionate freshmen that are dedicated and want to play.”
Despite the positive results Coach Scott’s coaching has brought, his method of coaching has brought upon a lot of controversy amongst some of the players. Some players do not have a secured position, a softball player who remains anonymous says, “the coach is ‘building a program’ meaning he wants all the underclassmen to take infield positions to train them for next year instead of having seniors as infield because they will leave in two months”. This makes it harder for seniors to keep their positions.
In addition, another player said “he does not accept any excuses even if they are valid.He is very strict and expects the players to be 110% dedicated even though most upperclassmen have other responsibilities to take care of such as retakes or other things for college.”