Softball beats Lynbrook High School 24-3 in a blowout

The Matadors maintain a strong lead for the entirety of the game to secure a win


Kalyani Puthenpurayil

Junior Siena Banks pitches the ball during the fifth and final inning.

Kalyani Puthenpurayil

Varsity Softball beat Lynbrook High School 24-3 on Wednesday, March 22 in its third league game of the season. Due to a score difference that exceeded 10 points, the game ended within five innings as per the mercy rule.

Despite the light rain at the start of the game, senior and captain Kate Schuyler says that the rain “didn’t dampen the spirits at all,” and the players were doing the Macarena and the Cupid Shuffle and dancing to songs such as “Beat It” by Michael Jackson before the game, as the team was not initially sure if it was going to play.

“We always try our best to keep the optimism up,” Schuyler said. “The energy going into this game was great, every girl [was] cheering, every girl [was] super encouraging, and that’s the kind of environment we need to foster here.”

Having played against LHS last year, MVHS was able to gauge its opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, allowing it to prepare well. Schuyler says that the players were able to solidify their hits during this game, a sentiment that junior and captain Cara Constant echoes. Constant was able to score two triples and a double, and she expresses pride in the team’s hitting performance this game. 

“We all put the bat on the ball,” Constant said. “We haven’t been able to do that but we strung our hits together. We can still work on our defense and keep hitting.”

In addition, Schuyler commends the pitchers, especially Constant, for delivering good pitches and sophomore Erin Handelsman for making a home run. While the team made some mistakes in the outfield, they were able to keep up the energy and secure a win. 

“Last year, we were more pessimistic going into games because we are not the strongest team out there,” Schuyler said. “We weren’t as hopeful but I think that brought us down at some games that we could have won. [But today], we really pulled it together with the hitting, and even with the mistakes, we used this as an opportunity to learn.”