By: Rose Lindstrom
After an unforgettable season last year, the varsity softball team began the 2022 season with excitement and an energetic mindset. Welcoming many new players this season, many underclassmen, the girls proved to be a formidable force, working together to play in another astonishing season.
The spring 2021 season set high expectations for this team. The Lady Baymen had a record of 14-6 and succeeded in many of their off-season games as well. Declared 2021 County Champions and 2021 Small School Champions, the year proved to be a memorable one and would certainly fuel anticipation and excitement for what all hoped would be another great run in 2022.
This season started with two wins against Roslyn and Lynbrook. Both upper and underclassmen found unity together, collaborating to bring the team to these victories. The win streak continued with the Lady Baymen defeating Freeport (17-3), Manhasset (11-1), Garden City (18-2), Lynbrook (8-1), Sewanhaka (17-1), and Locust Valley (9-3) as the season went on. During their game with Wheatley, a recognized 'rival school' in softball, they played 9 innings and tied, only to have to put the game on hold and resume where it left off much later in the season. Nevertheless, the Lady Baymen overcame Wheatley and won the first game. At the end of the season, the varsity softball team had won 10 out of 14 games, holding an impressive record, to say the least.
Not only does the softball team have role model athletes, but they have spirit and kindness shown by the players each day in school. For Mental Health Awareness month, the team recognized a softball player from a different school, who lost her life due to mental health hurdles. The team collected and posted what mental health awareness meant to them on their Instagram page, as a way of bringing light to this important issue. When news broke that a little baseball player lost his life, due to health complications, the softball team was among the Oyster Bay teams that wore their jerseys to school the next day in his honor.
The team hosted their senior day on May 11, 2022. They honored 5 seniors, Kait Aasheim, Yoselin Garcia, Julia Jiao, Meghan Cox, and Marissa Iemmiti. It was a picturesque afternoon, with many parents in attendance, speeches given, and tears shed. The team prevailed in their senior day game against Garden City (12-0), adding to a memorable afternoon for all who attended.
With the regular season over, the softball team still finds themselves hard at work, preparing for this year’s county championships. The Harbour Voice congratulates the varsity softball team on their season and wishes them good luck in the county championships!
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