By Jose Roa ’20
The Girls Softball season is right around the corner. Moreover, any girl is invited to join. Softball is a variation of the sport baseball. Each Softball team has 9 players. It’s played on a pitch smaller than a regular baseball. The team has a pitcher, catcher, a player on all three bases, three outfielders and shortstop. Once a player is able to get through all three bases without being given an out, a run is scored.
The game takes place over 7 innings, a single turn at bat for a team until three outs are made and after each inning, the teams will switch from batting to the field.
There are many different ways to get an out: striking out, a caught ball, or being tagged out.
There are different types of hits. One type of hit is hitting a “dead” ball, a ball that crosses the foul line which is down the first and third base. If they hit a “dead” ball, the play restarts with a new pitch. Another type of hit is hitting a home run, which can be scored by hitting the ball over the outfield. The batsmen can score any additional points by the batsmen, who are in the field.
Esmeralda Hernandez, a junior, stated that, “it’s my first time joining Softball.”
Hernandez chose to do softball because it has always caught her attention, it seemed fun and well why not try new things.”
On the other hand, Natalie Roman, a senior stated that, “It is not my first time doing Softball”.
Roman joined Softball in middle school where her coaches encouraged her to try new things such as Softball.
Roman believes that “there’s no exact definition of a good Softball player. Everyone is a good player if they believe in themselves.”
When it comes to determining the hardest thing in Softball. Roman stated that, “personally, it is batting because you have to be really focused and be quick about it.”
Roman “really recommend Softball to anyone who hasn’t done it or just wants to try something new. It’s a really fun sport and it gives you the opportunity to get close with a bunch of girls who share the same desire of playing as you.”
Moreover, Roman believes that Softball is “not overwhelming if you know how to balance school work and practice. Don’t stay up too late and don’t wake up too early to finish homework. Time yourself on all of your different subjects and you’ll be okay! Don’t slack on doing work either because that impacts your GPA.”
There is a required GPA to play Softball. If the student does not have the required GPA, she will not be able to play. This will change until the student improves their grades.
Overall, Softball is a good way to meet new people, become more prioritized, and stay fit. Moreover, one will be trying something new and maybe end up enjoying it.