Boulder Creek Women’s Varsity Softball Wins Right Off The Bat
Writer Lara Piu
Boulder Creek women’s varsity softball has all the right moves this season. Currently the team stands 15 wins with 10 losses.
“We play in the toughest region in Division 1, so our schedule is very difficult,” Boulder Creek High School head coach Jeremy Lord says. “There are no easy games and my girls have to play their best every game.”
And they have. So far, seven of the girls have contributed home runs and the team has among the highest batting averages in the state. They won the Skyline Coyote Classic Tournament and hit four home runs in the championship game.
As a result, several girls have caught the attention of college recruiters. Sophomore Kennedy Wyllie has verbally committed to play at Michigan State University. The starting catcher has the second highest batting average on the team and has the most home runs and RBIs.
“She is most likely going to be the best player ever at Boulder Creek. She is a very hard worker, an unbelievable hitter,” Jeremy adds. “She is even a better person than she is a player, which is saying a lot. We are lucky to have her for the next three years.”
Next season, starting pitcher and team leader Lauren Calabrese will play for Bentley University in Massachusetts. The senior has contributed two home runs to date this year. The athlete is also a school badminton team star.
“She has always been a winner. She is one of the most fun kids I have ever coached,” Jeremy says. “Nothing seems to bother her. When the game is close and on the line, she is the one who keeps things light. We can count on her to make a bit winning play. She will be missed next year for sure.”
Junior Isabel Gallo is also one to watch. The starting third baseman and backup catcher made the varsity team as a freshman.
“Izzy is one of our best defensive players,” Jeremy explains. “Nothing gets by her on the hot corner, third base. She makes every play. She is also a very good hitter and always seems to find a way to get on base. Izzy is one of the hardest workers on the team. This fall she ran cross country, played club softball and also came to softball camp every day.”
Jeremy sees the team’s potential. “Our goal is to finish the season in the top eight in rankings so we can host a couple of playoff games,” he says.
Then, anything can happen Jeremy adds. He is confident that this team has what it takes to win the state championship.
“This is the most fun group I have ever coached,” Jeremy adds. “The girls all get along very well and they love to have fun. I am proud of how hard the girls work for each other and they are excellent representatives of Boulder Creek. They love being Jaguars!”