The Pikesville varsity softball team won just four games last spring—two of which were forfeits. But the Panthers have started a little better this season.
Offense was a problem at times last year. Pikesville simply couldn't score enough runs at times. But the offense and defense are doing much better, and new coach Alison Becker has been delighted with her team’s play and effort so far.
"Our goal this season is to improve on something each and every day," Becker said. "We are getting better and better about communicating, and we want to help each other get better as players as well."
Pikesville rolled to a 28-4 victory over Milford Mill before routing New Town, 22-11. After that, the Panthers outlasted Patapsco, 18-16.
The Panthers are getting a lot of help on offense and defense. Brittney Dubit and Maleyja Watson have gotten some key hits while lead-off hitter Krystal Baxter repeatedly set the table by getting on base several times.
In the Patapsco victory last Friday, Dubit and Jessica Rubin both drove in three runs. Pitcher Dani Lee got the win, and Baxter played a solid game in center—ending the game with a crucial diving catch.
Lee also went the distance to get the win against New Town, going all seven innings. Becker said that catcher Michelle Silver’s been strong behind the plate, something every team needs. Shortstop Emily Starobin and Rubin (at first base) have combined to make some good plays in the field.
In fact, that’s one of the things that Becker’s liked so far—the fact that so many of her players have helped so much. It’s a big reason the Panthers already have posted three wins.
"It’s a team effort through and through," Becker said.