SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity softball team finished the season with a 5 – 11 record overall, which included a 3 – 9 record, in league play.
The Lady Griffs started the season off slowly, dropping their first seven games. “Considering how poorly we started the season, I thought we rebounded and finished the season on a strong note,” said Coach Thomas Szczerbacki.
“I was proud of how we played in the second half of the season,” he added. “We continued to show improvement on offense and defense. Defensively, we communicated much better and cut down on our errors. Offensively, we hit early and often in games. Our short game was much more effective, it allowed us to be more aggressive on the base paths.”
The Lady Griffins compiled a 5 – 4 record with their final nine games, led by Katrina Kerkendall, who pitched, all season long, for S-GI.
Kerkendall, a junior, finished the season with 16 complete games and totaled 75 strikeouts. “Katrina had another great year on the mound for us,” Szczerbacki said. “She continues to work hard and improves her game each year. We’re lucky to have her for one more year.”
Junior Erin Kwiatkowski did the catching behind the plate, while Tainne Dallas played at first base, for the Lady Griffs.
“Erin made great decisions for us, behind the plate, this year,” Szczerbacki said. “Whether it was calling the right pitch to throw or making throws in steal situations, she was on the mark, when we needed her. Tainne improved in all areas of her game, during the season. She works hard on the little things that make you a great player and is always focused on what needs to be accomplished.”
Senior Emily Barber was the girls’ team captain. “Emily was a great leader for this team,” Szczerbacki said. “She was excellent at communicating with all of her teammates. She was always encouraging and willing to help the team, in any way possible.”
With the team’s finishing this season on a winning note and, with several players’ returning for next season, Szczerbacki sad that he believes there is a lot to look forward to, from next year’s team.
“We have high expectations for next season,” he said. “I truly believe the young ladies that we have returning should be able to compete, for a top spot in our league.”