The 2012 Walpole High School Girls Softball Team begins their season with tryouts on Monday, March 19. This season will be the seventh year that carsity Coach Jim Duffy will be coaching the team. After a successful season last year, with a record of 16-4, the team’s expectations remain high for themselves.
Pitching is a key factor for the team. Pitchers who were on the varsity team as freshmen will be able to expect what is going to happen in a game situation giving them the ability to handle whatever is thrown at them. Every starter is coming back besides last year’s senior Captain Kelsey Cosby. Duffy said, “Kelsey will be a tough one to replace, but I have confidence that someone will step up.”
Outfield will be just as strong as the infield. With some teams having powerhouses at the plate, the outfield has to be on its toes. Duffy said, “The outfield will be the fastest I have had in five years.”
A majority of the girls who played on varsity last year have played together for over six years. Because of this strong bond between the girls, Duffy said “The young talent in the program will also serve well in the upcoming season.”
Despite all the strengths this year’s team will have, Duffy has some concerns. He said, “Team hitting against the stronger pitching and being prepared for tournament play will be key.” To address these concerns Duffy scheduled the team to play against tougher teams in the non-league preseason.
To ensure a successful season, Duffy set goals for himself and the team. Duffy said, “Mentally and physically prepared for the season and making sure there is plenty of fun along the way.”
With the season starting soon there is hope that the team will make it to tournament again, and then will go even further to winning the State Title. Duffy said, “It is time for a softball banner to be raised.”