The Freeport softball team fell to Poland at home on Thursday, 12-0. Despite the loss, first-year head coach Jason Daniel is pleased with the way his girls played.
“I felt we played well against Poland right from the get-go. The girls were ready to play. They all made good plays, made the catches. They were making contact with the ball.”
Likewise, Daniel is happy with the team’s progress so far this season. “We’ve consistently gotten better. Making contact is progress. Fielding is getting better.”
The Falcon face a number of challenges. “I have a young team,” Daniel says, “with three girls that had varsity playing time. [And] we’ve lost two players in the last two weeks: Elizabeth Wiest, our lead-off hitter and second baseman got a concussion at Yarmouth. Kaitlin Johnson, starting catcher, rolled her ankle at Cape.”
Wiest is on the mend and should return soon; Johnson is “day to day” at the moment.
The team has suffered some bad luck in the action as well: “We just can’t get a break with the ball getting hit to the gap, or not right to someone. And not having a fence really hurts when a ball takes a bad bounce and gets by your outfielder.”
“What I’m happy with,” says Daniel, “is that the girls show up to practice, work hard and, yes, we have fun also. On game days they show up ready to play. They all help each other out. They’re positive and feel good when they do good things, and when they have a tough time, they work harder and move on. The rest of the season promises continued growth.”
Morgan Karnes went 1-3 for the Falcons at the plate. Brianna Bellefleur takes the loss in the circle, giving up 11 earned runs on 12 hits while walking seven and striking out one.
The Falcons slip to 0-6 on the result; they trail in the standings, lingering in last. Their next matchup is at home against Fryeburg, on Monday the 11th at 4 p.m., after the Tri-Town Weekly’s print deadline.
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