Springville-GI varsity softball team sits in third place
“Our success starts with strong pitching and solid defense,” said Head Coach Thomas Szczerbacki. An away game against Pioneer on April 2 resulted in a 15-2 win, followed by a 13-2 win the next day on the road against Amherst.
On April 16, Springville scored its third win in a row when the team hosted East Aurora and surrendered two runs in each game. The final result of that home opener was 5-2.
On April 18, the team fell to Cheektowaga in Springville’s third road outing in four games. Springville gave up more runs in that game than in the previous three combined, leading to an 8-5 defeat.
Home contests against Maryvale and Depew were rescheduled to Tuesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 10, respectively.
Going into its home game against Amherst on Monday, April 30, sophomore pitcher Katrina Kerkindall had 32 strikeouts to lead the defense. “Katrina demonstrates great composure and great control of her pitches on the mound,” said Szczerbacki. Working with Kerkindall is senior catcher Kendrick Wilson, of whom Szczerbacki said, “[Kendrick] makes great calls behind the plate and really gets Katrina in a good rhythm early.”
On offense are senior Alissa Emerson, who has hit 3 home runs and senior Kelsey Warner, who has batted in 6 runs. Of sophomore Chloe Nowak, Szczerbacki said, “[She] has been solid on both sides of the ball. She plays hard and does everything that is asked of her to help this team be successful.”
The team traveled to East Aurora on Wednesday, May 2 before returning home to host Pioneer the following day. Springville’s next game is scheduled for Friday, May 4 against Cheektowaga at the Concord Community Park at 5 p.m.