Softball defeated by STA at Senior Night doubleheader

Ankit Kadakia, Madison Graves, and

The girls softball team was defeated twice in a doubleheader against Saint Thomas Aquinas at Senior Night. The first game ended BVNW 1 – STA 11 after seven innings, and the second game ended BVNW 0 – STA 11 after five innings. Head coach Kim White said the team made many mistakes while out on the field, but the girls remained positive throughout the game.

“We need to cut down on mistakes,” White said. “We’ve got to be stronger physically on the field, and we’ve got to get mentally tough. When things aren’t going well, you have to stay positive … [STA] is a good team, probably the best team in our league. They just hit the ball, and tonight we didn’t hit the ball.”

Sophomore Taryn Thomas said there is a lot of room for improvement. To her, this means the team needs to work harder in order to be prepared for future games.

“I do think we worked as a team,” Thomas said. “I think the outfield and the infield worked really well together. We just need to clean up our game.”

Although the team faced a heavy loss, the night was special because senior team members Kaitlyn Styve, Madison Noel, Caroline Shannon and Kalleigh Petersen were honored after the game for Senior Night. White said Senior Night is an opportunity to thank the senior class for all they have done for the Husky softball program during their time at BVNW.

“These four young ladies are probably the four of the finest human beings that have been a part of my program,” White said. “They will be remembered for the people they are, not just for their contributions on the field. I’m proud to say I have had the opportunity to work with all four of them.”

Styve, who has been on Varsity since freshman year, characterized the night as bittersweet. Although she will not be continuing softball in college, she said she is thankful for the time she has spent on the team.

“It has been really great to play at the Varsity level all four years with [White] and the other coaches,” Styve said. “[Senior Night] came up really fast and I wasn’t ready for it. I felt like it was just too soon. Coming down, I just wanted to play my best and give it my all because I know that it’s going to be one of the last times I play for Northwest.”