With playoffs right around the corner, the temperature around Castleton State College isn’t the only thing heating up these days.The softball team has caught fire – winning eight out of their last nine games. The Spartans capped off the weekend by sweeping North Atlantic Conference rivals, Lesley and Bay Path.
“We managed to pull through a tough weekend against some good teams,” said freshman catcher Jennifer Longley.
After opening the season with a disappointing 2-6 record the Spartans have fought all the way back to a 9-7 record and are 7-3 against NAC teams.
Longley agrees that getting outside has played a huge role in picking up some critical wins along the backstretch of the season.
Sunday’s game against Bay Path came inches away from breaking up the Spartans two game winning streak before Castleton prevailed in extra innings 5-4. In the second game, the Spartans pounded Bay Path 6-0 completing an undefeated weekend and putting Castleton softball back in the race in the NAC.
“We got our bats together at the right time, but it was a long weekend,” Longley said Sunday night after watching her team put together the most impressive weekend by any Castleton team.
The Spartans will see arch rival Johnson State College next, who will come to Castleton for a conference match up as the Spartans try to extend their win streak to five games.
“We have been working hard as a team, and getting our bats together has made the difference,” said Longley.
Because of the Spartans slow start they still find themselves in the middle of the pack among conference teams but look to become one of the elite when the playoffs start on March 1. The Spartans are still in the hunt for home field advantage.