Softball overcomes adversity and finds success

Marlborough Varsity Softball is wrapping up their first season under new coach Victoria Nimmo. Hired for her energy and experience as a coach and former collegiate player, Nimmo has motivated the team to victories with her enthusiastic mentoring that has inspired the players to be passionate and dedicated.

Despite having only ten players and experiencing a rough start to the season because of several player injuries, the Mustangs managed to win tough games in the Sunshine League and qualigy for the CIF Southern Section Playoffs.

Roxy ’19 gets ready to hit the ball.

To compensate for the small number of players, Nimmo emphasized the importance of being dedicated to the team, especially since the team needed to field nine players in order not to forfeit a game.

Even though the roster was small and young, Nimmo specifically noted the team’s effort and resilience throughout the season.

“I have been so impressed with this group of girls’ hard work and perseverance. We were able to come from losing a few games in a row, not give up, work harder, and win our last three games,” Nimmo said after the Mustangs beat Marymount on Apr. 11.

Pitcher Samantha ‘19 said she admired Nimmo’s passion for the game and found her to be a very positive role model both on and off the field. Samantha especially appreciated Nimmo’s advice about pitching.

“It is a really great experience to get to see live pitching from a real college pitcher, and she is always available to help me with my technique. Also, Coach Victoria holds us to high standards during training where we work on our form and run sprints which really prepares us for games,” Samantha said.

Dorrit ‘19 recalled her highlight of the season when the Mustangs dominated their game against rival school, Marymount.

“My favorite memory would have to be when we were winning 6-0 in the bottom of the 5th inning, and we ended up ‘mercying’ Marymount 10-0,” Dorrit stated.

Looking forward, Nimmo said she hopes to maintain the positive and fun environment the team has formed.

“I want softball to be a place where Marlborough students can be a part of a team that works hard, has fun, and gives them something to be proud of. I am proud to be a part of Mustang Softball, and I hope that current and future players are too,” Nimmo said.