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Tuesday, Apr 16, 2024

Season in Review: Women’s softball

<span class="photocreditinline">Courtesy: Middlebury Athletics</span><br />Women’s softball had an underclassmen-heavy roster this spring.
Courtesy: Middlebury Athletics
Women’s softball had an underclassmen-heavy roster this spring.

Women’s softball (6–10) finished fourth in the NESCAC West Division this spring, marked by a season of ups and downs. After winning their first game, the Panthers went on to lose five games straight, followed by a three-game win streak. The same pattern continued, as the Panthers then  lost their next five but won their final two games. 

This season was like no other, as the team played all their games on the weekend, with frequent double or triple headers against one opponent. Given the dense schedule, there was little time for rest between weekend games, forcing the team to adapt. 

“This season was so much fun, and I’m so grateful we got the opportunity to play,” said Tori Papaleo ’23. “We all couldn’t be more thankful that we got the chance to play, and I’m looking forward to next year.”

The team had a total batting average of .278, with Jen McGann ’22 leading the way with an average of .333, followed by Noelle Ruschil ’22 (.326) and Sophia Marlino ’22 (.315). Ruschil, Marlino, and Kaylee Gumm ’21 each had two home runs this season. 

From the mound, Chloe McNamara ’23 had an ERA of 3.62 and a WHIP of 1.89 on the season, and Jewel Ashbrook ’23 had an ERA of 4.18 and a WHIP of 1.74.

The team will be graduating three seniors in Melanie Mandell ’21, Emily Moore ’21 and Gumm ’21. With a strong squad of underclassmen remaining, the Panthers should have a competitive look next season.