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SOFTBALL | The Wolves return to the diamond after a two year hiatus

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SAMANTHA RAMOS | THE MIRROR
The girls who showed up for tryouts were assigned numbers and evaluated by coaches.

The bottom line | Despite not having a head coach, softball tryouts were held after school, Jan. 26, on the baseball field. The last season played by the girl’s softball team was cut short in 2020 due to the pandemic. 

What’s ahead |

DATE AGAINST LOCATION
02/17 Village Christian (non-league) Village Christian
03/04 Northridge Academy (non-league) Home
03/07 SOCES SOCES
03/14 Reseda Home
03/16 San Fernando San Fernando High School
03/21 Sylmar Home
03/30 Canoga Park Canoga Park High School
04/01 John F. Kennedy Home
04/04 Panorama Panorama High School
04/06 Reseda Reseda High School
04/18 San Fernando Home
04/20 Sylmar Sylmar High School
04/27 Canoga Park Home
05/02 John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy High School
05/04 Panorama Home

The word on campus |  “I hope to learn more about my team, and most importantly grow a stronger bond with them, as my last season comes to an end.” -Alejandra Hernandez

Our thoughts | The girl’s softball team last played two years ago after their 2020 season came to an abrupt end due to the covid pandemic. That season the girls lost three games, with their only win coming by way of a forfeit by the Reseda Regents. To add insult to injury, the 2020 girl’s team were outscored by their opponents 28-3. Later that season, the team would also lose their head coach. Coming into the 2022 season, expectations are low for the softball team. This is not based on the talent of individual players, but rather the experience, chemistry and leadership of the team as a whole. In the course of two years, both the senior class of 2020 and the senior class of 2021 have graduated which may have meant the potential loss of experienced softball players. In addition to the loss of experienced players, the lack of offseason training and practice during the season will most likely hinder the development of both individual athletes and the team as a whole. This season will most likely be one of trial and error as returning athletes will neither have practiced nor played a game since 2020, inexperienced players will need to develop two years worth of skills in a single season and the lack of a permanent coaching structure will further delay the development of any team chemistry. 

For the books | (The 2019-20 girl’s softball team)

  • 1 win, 3 losses 
  • Division: Valley Mission (placed fourth in division rankings)
  • Feb. 24, 2020: The Wolves lost at an away game against the Taft Toreadors (4-3)
  • Mar. 6, 2020: The Wolves lost an away game against the Arleta Mustangs (4-0)
  • Mar. 9, 2020: The Reseda Regents forfeited resulting in a Wolves win
  • Mar. 11, 2020: The Wolves were decimated by the San Fernando Tigers at home (20-0)
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Shaan Bhatia
Shaan Bhatia, Online Editor-in-Chief
Shaan Bhatia is the Online Editor-in-Chief for The Mirror. He is a senior in his second year of publication. Shaan has previously worked on other publications at his previous school as both an editor and a business manager. Outside of school, Shaan continues working on his pilot's license, taking his car for long drives along Pacific Coast Highway, writing for his personal car blog and watching sports. 
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