E.O. Smith softball team looks to returning players to lead
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Mon., Apr. 11, 2011
Last year, E.O. Smith High School’s varsity softball team went 8 for 20 for the season, and was knocked out during the first round of post-season play. According to co-captain Haley Hamlin, the team lost a lot of strong seniors at the end of the season. This year, Hamlin said, “There are a lot of people in new positions.” And this early in the season, she felt there might still be some shuffling of positions, as team members discover their strengths and weaknesses.
Hamlin, a pitcher for the Panthers, sat out with an injury during an April 8 game against Lyman Memorial High School. It was the second game of the season for the team, which lost by a final score of 9-1 on opening day against Maloney. “We did the best we could,” said Hamlin. “I feel like communication would take care of a lot of the errors we made in the field.”
Aside from improving team communication, the Panthers will be working on improving their batting averages. “I think any team can improve on hitting,” said junior Rachel Gagnon.
The team has some promising new players coming in, as well as a lot of returning players. “We have a lot of returning varsity players,” said Hamlin. “I think the people returning will be huge assets to the team.”
E.O. Smith Varsity Softball Coach David White.
This is White’s second year as the head coach of this team. He has coached the JV team in the past. White’s players have good things to say about their coach. “He’s definitely a very positive influence,” said senior Haley Hamlin. “He’s funny. He always has good things to say. And he’s always got really good, helpful feedback.”
Haley Hamlin - Number 16, Pitcher: Hamlin, one of six seniors on the team, is also a swimmer. She plans to attend the University of Connecticut in the fall. “I think I’m going to be a music major,” she said.
Rachel Gagnon - Number 15: Gagnon said she’s been shifting positions so far this season. “I’m doing what’s best for the team right now,” she said. Gagnon also plays soccer, and would love to play at the college level. “Soccer would be my first choice,” she said. “If not, then maybe softball.”