Girls softball heating up

The girls have won five in a row heading into tonight vs Pike


A new coach for a new season is shrouded with uncertainty and doubt, and for Monica Kirschner’s softball Giants this situation was no different. After losing the first six games of the season, many wondered if anything could come out of this season.

Five straight wins later, that doubt is gone. This team can do great things.

It started a week ago today. The girls faced Lawrence North, and despite their previous losing streak, ran the team over. They won 12-2, and had a decent amount of momentum heading into their BD softball classic.

Despite a rainy weekend, the team were able to get in three games, all of which they won. The first game was a 5-4 win against a strong East Central team, the second game featured 18 hits from the Giants in a 14-6 rout of Twin Lakes, and their final game was a 5-1 victory over MIC rival Lawrence Central.

The girls weren’t done just yet, however. They kept their streak alive yesterday defeating Cardinal Ritter 19-8. The team had 21 hits and Ronnie Tosino and Kayla Bear put up the first home runs of the season for the Giants.

Head coach Monica Kirschner credits adjustments and team confidence as a whole as the key to their recent success.

“Early on we made a lot of adjustments in the field and we are starting to settle in with some minor adjustments here and there. We had a team meeting that I feel got everyone on the same page and got us heading in the right direction,” Kirschner said.

“Our hitting has improved over the last 4 games and a lot of that has to do with our confidence improving at the plate. The energy level was different (last) weekend – and that brought about a lot of confidence at the plate and in the field and confidence in the team as a whole.”

And now, facing MIC rival Pike, the Giants have a chance to push their streak to six in a row and be at .500 for the season, a feat that not many thought possible last Monday. It won’t be easy, but this team has proven that they can compete.