Softball team closes out regular season with one of its best records in recent years

By Douglas McCulloch | May 28, 2018
Photo by: Douglas McCulloch Hannah Arruda gets a hit.

Dartmouth High’s softball team is heading into tournament play after one of the best seasons in recent memory.

The team officially ended its regular season on May 28, facing a 3-2 loss to Somerset-Berkeley. Despite the loss the Indians' record stands at 16-4.

“I’m very proud of these kids for the record they have,” said Head Coach Beth Arguin. “It's the strongest record I think I’ve had since I took over.”

Arguin noted she does have some work to do with the team before tournament time.

“Right now I don’t think we’re all batting where we usually are,” Arguin said. “We’ve been in a little bit of a drought for maybe the last five or six games with everyone’s hitting. Hopefully we can get out of that for the tournament and have everyone coming up to the plate with confidence to hit the ball.”

The game brought junior Hannah Arruda’s home run record up to 13. A softball player since the age of six, she’s been on the team since her freshman year.

“The last two years I started off rough in the high school season but this year I’ve been pulling it together,” Arruda said. “I had a streak going of seven home runs but then it kind of dulled down for a bit, but I got it back up today.”

The loss is a sign the team needs more practice.

“I just think we have to work, we make one error and then it keeps snowballing,” Arruda said. “I think we just need practice, that’s all.”

As for potential seedings, Arguin won’t know who the Indians will be facing in the tournament until at least June 5. Even then it will be a surprise, as there are several teams with similar records of only a few losses.

“It might be down to the flip of a coin as to where we place,” Arguin said.

Sophia Sousa winds up for a pitch. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
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