The Spartan softball team saw its season come to a close on April 30 when it was defeated in the North Atlantic Conference quarterfinal game by Thomas College 7-3.The sixth-seeded Spartans came into the game against the third-seeded Terriers looking to jumpstart their playoff run, but they quickly found themselves in trouble as the Terriers tagged the Spartans’ starting pitcher, Angie Carpenter, for six runs in two and two-thirds innings.
Tosha Wittemore took over for Carpenter in the bottom of the third inning, looking to keep her team within striking distance, but the Spartans found runs hard to come by.
“We just didn’t show up as our team at our quarterfinal game, we weren’t mentally prepared,” said Whittemore.
The Spartans got on the scoreboard in the fifth and sixth innings when Alicia Zraunig drove in a run on a single and Whittemore contributed a two-run single.
“I felt we came out a little flat,” said Assistant Coach Brigette Olson. “We just couldn’t get things going. We started to rally in the [fifth and sixth], but just fell short.”
The Spartans closed out the year with an overall record of 12-23.
The team, though, has already begun to turn its thoughts to next year.
“Next season will be a rebuilding year for us. With the loss of five seniors that played key positions, it will be tough to replace them. They did great things for our team this year and throughout their careers at Castleton,” said Olson.
Whittemore believes that the road ahead will be tough, but she remains optimistic about the future of this Spartan team.
“Next season we are definitely going to miss our graduating seniors, for they were huge contributors to our team,” she said. “However, with some new coaching blood and the returners that we have coming back I feel that our team will be able to hold our ground.”
Olson agreed with Whittemore’s optimism.
“Our team will be young, but will have a lot of talent coming back as well as the incoming freshmen. I am hoping that we can make it to the NAC Final Four tournament next season,” she said.