Varsity Softball’s Busy Spring Season


It’s been a busy season and a strong start for West Salem’s varsity softball team. So far, the team is undefeated at 6-0 in conference. “I feel like the team has really come together and has done great things this season,” said right field player junior Hanna Kohlmeier. “Our team is becoming very close, and so far this has been a very memorable season.

A new season indicates new beginnings, and this season, new beginnings mean a brand new softball field. “The softball team is very excited for the fields,” said team captain junior Abbie Cavadini.  “We have been at the same fields for the a long time, and the program is ready for something new.”  

The team hopes the new field will bring in a larger audience in addition to allowing both teams to play on the same day. “The junior varsity team will be able to finish more of their games now,” said Cavadini. “Normally, they don’t get to finish because it gets too dark.”

In addition to the new field, the softball team has new goals for this season. “Our main goal this season is to work on competing as a unit, and being able to function as a team,” said softball coach Britney Hodgson. “I would like to see the team get more used to their teammates and how each other play.” Getting used to each other’s play styles during this season will be a challenge considering that many team members are playing in different positions than usual. “Everyone is handling the changes really well,” said Hodgson. “Everyone seems to be settling in and playing their roles to the best of their abilities.”

After the music department’s trip to New York, Hodgson predicts the season will pick up, and will likely slow down again before the play-offs. The team is hopeful that the rest of the season will continue to go smoothly. “I am very excited for the rest of this season,” said Kohlmeier. “I feel like the team is going to continue to do great things.”