Softball struggles in home stretch

The Spartans have been making some heads turn since spring break started, going 10-6 from April 2 to April 17. With a young roster this year, the team is looking to make a late push towards making it to the North Atlantic Conference final four for the fifth time since the program’s inception.

Big wins against Plymouth State College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has shown that Castleton can be a threat in the NAC.

With only three double headers left to go in the regular season, the Spartans are looking to lock in fourth or fifth seed in the tournament. The seeding will determine if they would have a home game in the quarterfinals.

“We will be disappointed if we don’t make it [to the NAC Final Four] this year,” coach John Werner said. “Bridgette and I have maximized our efforts to make this team a contender and the players do the same as well.”

One of the bright spots for Castleton this season has been senior third basemen and pitcher Hillary Bemis, who is leading NAC with 22 RBI’s and three home runs. Bemis has also leads the conference in strikeouts with 64 k’s on the season.

A lot of the freshmen players have really helped the Spartans take big strides toward the end of the year too.

Freshman shortstop Megan Blongy leads the team in batting average with a .509.

Freshman pitcher Taylor Lively was named pitcher of the week on April 12, throwing 14 innings, allowing one run on nine hits against RPI and UMaine-Farmington.

Werner mentioned how Lively was a great addition to the team this year.

“I was thrilled to hear she was interested in our program,” he said. “She always has a positive attitude all the time. She is seemingly unflappable.”

The Spartans will play their last home games of the season in a double header matchup against Green Mountain College at 3:30 p.m.. Then they will be on the road for the rest of the season with stops at Johnson State College and Middlebury College.

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