This past weekend, the Castleton woman’s softball team picked up its first wins of the season. The team played Skidmore College on Saturday, March 24 at home.
The Spartans lost the first game of the double header, 5-0, but won the second 7-2. They won both games against Cazenovia College the next day at home as well. The first game’s final score was 12-4 while the second was a shutout with Castleton scoring eight runs.
Coach Chris Chapdelaine said that his players have a lot of confidence at the plate and have been doing well defensively.
“That helps us win games,” he said. “Yesterday we turned it around and generated a lot of runs.”
Chapdelaine is looking forward to the team’s first North Atlantic Conference game next weekend against Green Mountain College.
“We’ve played three good games in a row,” he said. “Were going to see how we do next week because that’s who we’re really preparing for.”
The previous week, Castleton played the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, who is nationally ranked seventeenth. The nationally-ranked team just narrowly defeated the Spartans 5-4 in the final inning, proving that the Spartans can hold their own against the likes of the elite.
Freshman catcher Stephanie Sylvester described the team as having a “superstar pitcher.”
“We crushed the ball on her and earned their respect,” she said. “We were right with them all the way, showing that we have a lot of power on our team.”
Sylvester said that she is looking forward to playing this week.
“Today we showed what we can do,” she said. “We worked together making plays in the field and running off of each others energy.”
“This team has a lot of potential,” he said. Our players can play with anybody.”
Castleton’s record is 3-9, and it next plays Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute home today at 3 p.m. The team’s first NAC game is on Saturday, March 31 against Green Mountain College in Poultney.