Friday, April 27, 2018

Girls’ softball begins preseason in Florida by Matt Pascarella

The girls’ softball team did not have your traditional preseason this year. They travelled to Orlando, Florida for six days during April vacation for Disney Spring Training. The team and their coach, Travis Demmons, go down every other year. 
All preseason games were played on the ESPN Wide World of Sports softball fields at Walt Disney World. The team did great in their preseason games as they played eight games total and beat Medomak Valley, ME; Westerly, RI; St. Paul’s, CT and Simsbury, CT. They split winnings with Skowhegan, ME and East Haven, CT, meaning they played each team twice and won a game and lost a game to each team. 

Coach Demmons said one of his favorite parts was on the field. He enjoyed seeing his team gel into a cohesive unit and seeing everyone come from behind to win. 

When they weren’t on the fields they were visiting the University of Florida to watch the Gators play the South Carolina Gamecocks in Southeastern Conference (SEC) softball. They also hung out as a team with families visiting the theme parks and just relaxed. 

This was their second trip down. “This trip the girls were even more successful on the diamond and just as well behaved,” remarked Demmons. “The camaraderie the girls developed and how it happened so organically with no forcing from coaches or parents was great.”

The girls loved playing at Disney and in the warmer climate. Their first practice back in Maine was a bit of a shock to the system, but the girls handled it well. 

Congratulations to the girls’ softball team on their preseason victories and we look forward to a great season!

Their next game is Monday, April 30 at Cheverus High School in Portland at 4 p.m. and their next home game is Wednesday, May 2 at 4 p.m.

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