For a young team, no matter how talented, learning how to put together a complete game can be a harsh lesson.
Last Wednesday, Sidwell’s softball team saw a two-run lead at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes evaporate on a walk-off grand slam, with the Quakers falling to the Saints 11-8.
“We have a scrappy team,” said Sidwell coach Bethany Sindy. “We just have to put a complete game together.”
The Quakers’ offense was led by senior Skylar Gunty, who led the team with six hits, while senior pitcher Kaylee Simon, sophomore Tess Harvey and juniors Maddie Watson, Grace Kohn and Abby Meyers also notched hits.
While the game came down to the dramatic final inning, Sidwell found itself in an early 4-2 hole — thanks to hits by the Saints and errors by the Quakers — in the top of the fourth inning. That’s when Gunty hit a line drive to score two runners and tie the game.
After the Saints responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, Sidwell kept up the momentum and Kohn scored a pair of runners with a big hit to push the score to 7-6. Still, Sidwell stranded some runners with the bases loaded.
“Those rallies, as sweet as those were, weren’t enough,” Sindy said. “We still left 11 or 12 people on base today and let some balls fall.”
The Saints responded to Sidwell’s lead by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
With a young team, the Quakers are leaning on their captains, Simon and Gunty, to right the ship.
“They did some great things at the plate today,” the coach said. “Kaylee pitched a great game today. I wish we could have given her more insurance there.”
With strong leadership and a pitcher who has rung up 64 strikeouts — good enough for 10th in the D.C. area, according to allmetsports.com — the Quakers believe they can make a run in both the Independent School League and D.C. State Athletic Association playoff tournaments in May.
“We’re capable of that,” Sindy said. “We need some growth, and we need to develop technically. Once we get that set, we will be a complete team and make those contentions.”