Prior to the 2018 season for Westminster softball, the Wolves recorded four consecutive, 8-win seasons. Breaking through with a 12-11 (6-3 in conference) record, the Lady Wolves snapped the streak …
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Prior to the 2018 season for Westminster softball, the Wolves recorded four consecutive, 8-win seasons. Breaking through with a 12-11 (6-3 in conference) record, the Lady Wolves snapped the streak and bolted to a strong finish, winning five out of six. In that timespan, Westy outscored their opponents 101-58. Yes, you read that right.
“It was great,” Westminster manager Alexandra Towers said about recording the winning season in a phone interview last week. “It helps boost morale and give the girls confidence in what we are doing as a program and to see the fruits of their labor. We would always go out (the previous four years) and work hard at practice, but sometimes it just wouldn’t translate into games. So, being able to go out and see the wins happen, it was awesome, and I think it is only a stepping stone for things to come.”
As Towers heads into her 11th season as the leader at Westminster, six seniors return in Marina Trejo, Alicia Samaniego, Ashley Romero, Kori Rhoads, Estefany Portillo, and Andrea Gutierrez after losing five last year. The guidance and leadership of this group, in particular with the consistent Rhoads and flexible Portillo could prove crucial to the team’s hope of repeating winning seasons.
“We will have about the same amount of seniors coming back, and as always, I’m looking for the leadership that they will provide and that they have provided since they were freshman,” Towers said. “I expect that to continue from them. Last year we graduated our starting catcher, starting pitcher and whole outfield so these girls coming up will be playing in positions maybe they wouldn’t in summer ball for us as a program. I’ll be looking at some of them to be open to growth and change that is needed in order for us to move forward.”
On asked what the key will be to bringing back-to-back winning seasons to Westy, with no hesitation, Towers stated, “Accountability. We need to hold each other accountable in the classroom as well as on the field. I feel like in the middle of our season, some changes happened because people weren’t getting it done off of the field. It put us in a bind and through seeing how imperative every girl on our roster is and the role that every girl plays is important. To maintain another winning season, we need to hold each other accountable.”
While dropping five of six games from Aug. 25-Sept. 6, Westy didn’t lay down when they found themselves 4-7, they fought. Showcasing resiliency and competitiveness displays the progress Towers and the program made in the last four years. Expect this group to come out hungry early this upcoming season.
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