The Arcadia High varsity softball team finished their season 13-10 and headed into the playoffs with a No. 1 ranking in their 4A Desert Sky Region. Unfortunately, the Lady Titans were eliminated from State Tournament play by Combs High School.
“The girls were very positive,” Coach Jason Foster said, “and that made for a positive year. Despite a lot of figuring out who was going to play what position, the girls gave their best.”
The team graduated eight seniors last year, which left many holes to fill this season. Aside from senior pitcher Ellie Richardson, every other player took on a position they’d never played, with some playing multiple positions.
In addition to restructuring the entire team, the lack of consistency was a weakness for them this season.
“Our defense wasn’t as consistent in the field as it needed to be to win ballgames,” Foster said.
For a team facing its share of adversity this year, there were also several high points. Five freshmen lettered, and Foster cites the strong camaraderie between the girls and their ability to work well together as being major assets toward the team’s success.
“Jordyn Pender and Jade Ng, two of our senior players, really stepped up and did an outstanding job offensively,” Foster said. “Our senior leaders were definitely our source of strength as they led the team in every offensive category.”
While it will be challenging to replace Pender’s and Ng’s offensive power, the team is looking forward to next year and planning to improve on this past season.
“Next year,” Foster said, “we’ll be a year older, and as we continue to develop, we’ll have an even stronger season.”
The Arcadia High varsity baseball team closed out a challenging 2019 season with an overall record of 9-15 and missed the playoffs by a single game. Head Coach Troy Gerlach saw a lot of positives in his team.
“When you look at our record on paper, it doesn’t look like a very good year,” Gerlach said. “But then I was there every day to see the growth and maturity of the players. As a group, these guys continued to improve and everyone’s hungry for next year.”
Inconsistent defense was a big struggle for the team.
“We made quite a few errors,” Gerlach said, “but if we clean them up, we have a chance to be really good in the next few years.”
By contrast, their strength resided in their presence on the mound.
“Our pitching staff kept us in the game all season,” Gerlach said, “and they did a phenomenal job.”
Gerlach has nothing but praise for his team, who came out every day and worked hard. As the season progressed, Arcadia won more games, which gives strength to the axiom that “practice makes perfect.”
“We have a great group of kids,” Gerlach said. “They’re very young and talented, and they’re right on the cusp of doing some great things in the coming years.”