The Pitch: home opener



The softball team had a successful opening game Monday against Hidden Valley.
Junior Sidney Baarstad started off the game scoring in the first inning with an RBI from senior Katelyn Rossback. junior Carli Clarkson had one in the second, leading up to a three-run-homerun by Rossback, bringing in sophomore Mackenzie Johnson and Baarstad. junior Savannah Williams and sophomore Katie Maine both added one in the third and fifth, respectively.

“Katelyn had great hits. As a team we like to be aggressive at the plate so if we see one right off the bat that we like, take it,” Clarkson said.

The Pirates held the Mustangs to a clear scoreboard until the sixth, when they got a three-run-homerun. The game ended after 6 innings, due to lack of light.

According to Clarkson, the Pirates are a good defensive team and that is an aspect they can excel in as the season progresses. Head coach Brooke Toy said there are still things to work on, but she is proud of the outcome.

“With only ten practices under our belt, I thought that we came out prepared,” Toy said.

Clarkson agreed.

“It was a good open to the season; we got a lot of jitters out,” Clarkson said. “The first game is always to test the waters, and it was good.”


The team celebrates Rossback's homerun.

Rossback throws to Tavernier for the out at second.

Hoyer adjusts her batting gloves while in the hole.

Rossback prepares to lead off third base.

Hoyer catches for Johnson.

Johnson throws to Clarkson for the out at first.

Sophomore Katie Maine slides into third base.

Coach Toy consults (left to right) Katelyn Rossback, Mackenzie Johnson, Paige Tavernier, Sarah, Carli Clarkson and Khalani Hoyer.

Carli Clarkson slides safely into home.

Johnson was the starting pitcher last year as a freshman, and continues to start this year.