By Shane Wittman
On Friday, April 29th at 8:00 o’clock, the girls softball team played Saucon Valley at Pates Park for their Senior Night. The girls had a record of 11-4 going into the game, which clinched a district playoff spot. This season, there were only four seniors on the squad: Emily Batman, Rachel Costantini, Sarah Reilly, and Jess Safi.
Prior to the start of the game, the weather was predicted to be a chilly 50 degrees at 8:00. The game itself was clear, but it started raining shortly after it was over.
Before the game began, the senior’s were honored for their participation and the spectators heard about their experiences throughout their season and career. The game started with an exciting first inning and continued throughout the game, resulting in a blowout. The girls’ bats were on fire, and it seemed almost impossible for them not to hit the ball. The girls fielding was also flawless. They had an amazing senior night, winning 15-3. They finished the game in the fifth inning due to mercy rule, which was nice for the spectators, since it started to rain. All the seniors started the game. Batman played first, Costantini caught, Reilly played third, and Safi played left field. Batman was 1-3 hitting during the game, with a single to right field and a HBP. Costantini was 2-3 with two singles, 2 RBI, and a walk.
Senior Emily Batman was excited prior to the game. “It’s crazy to think that this is my last season playing softball for the school.” This year, Emily has been a consistent hitter with many singles and one double. Emily was enthusiastic about the team’s chances to win their senior night game. “As our coach would say, we are going to take their hearts.” Emily’s most memorable moment of her career is being a captain this year. “I’ve been playing softball since I was about 5 years old, so all of my hard work paid off and I got to be a captain this season.” Looking back at this season, Emily has no regrets. She believes her coaches this year are awesome, and the team has been playing softball really well. In the future, Emily plans on taking her talents to LCCC and playing on their school softball team. “Since they don’t have a soccer team and I want to stay active during college, I would enjoy playing softball there.”
Senior Rachel Costantini was excited for the game, but also sad. “I can’t believe it has been four years already.” This year Rachel has batted cleanup and has had many extra base hits, including two home runs and two triples. Rachel believed the team was going to win on senior night, also saying, “we are going to take their hearts.” The most memorable moments of Rachel’s career is being team captain this year and calling all of Morgan’s hits. “I have been playing softball since I was 5, and competitively on a tournament team since I was in high school, so it’s nice to be captain my senior year helping to lead a team I’ve been on for four years.” Looking back over her career and the season, Rachel has no regrets. In the future, Rachel is going to be taking her talents to Lebanon Valley College, where she was recruited to play softball.
Senior Sarah Reilly was not planning on playing softball this year. She played both her freshman and sophomore years, however, decided not to play last year and did track instead. Having Sarah Return this year was a huge help to the team. They did not have a third baseman, so she gladly decided to play that position and has been playing solidly there all year. Sarah believed the girls would win their senior night game and was excited to play. Sarah is going to American University next year, however, does not plan on playing softball there.
This year was senior Jess Safi’s first year playing softball. She decided to come out for the team in February with Reilly. Although she had never played before this year, she took up the sport quickly. She is a team player and believes the softball coach, Jeff, “is the best softball coach I’ve ever had.” Jess played left field during the senior night game. Jess is planning to attend St. Joseph University in the fall, but will not be playing softball for the Hawks.
The senior softball players have brought a lot to the team throughout their four years at Salisbury. Batman, Costantini, and Reilly all played on the varsity softball team as freshmen and have helped to develop the program in the past four years. They will be greatly missed by the entire team.