Softball ends on a high note

Despite not making the playoffs, the Colby softball team was able to end their season on a high note with a win at home against rival Bates. Behind a four RBI performance from Skylar Labbie ’18, the Mules were able to take down the Bobcats by a score of 8-2. Colby also got support from Erica Pulford ’15, who had two RBI, and from Julia Saul ’18 who pitched five innings.

The win was a fitting end for the improved softball team, who won only one NESCAC game last year. This year, the Mules finished with a conference record of 4-8 and an overall record of 11-18. The strength of the team showed in their impressive pitching. The group finished the year fifth in the conference in runs allowed. Hitting was a struggle at times for the Mules, as they lost low-scoring games where they had good pitching and defense but were unable to capitalize. The defensive strength of the Mules was highlighted by the All-NESCAC selection of Emily Schatz ’16. Schatz recorded only two errors at the high volume position of shortstop, a remarkable statistic fitting of the award.

Moving forward to next season, the Mules are hoping to build on improvements made over the past few years and the young contributing talent on the team. Although they are losing the leadership and contributions of Pulford, Meghan Lewia ’15 and Megan Miche ’15, the Mules return with a strong core at multiple positions that has turned around the program and pointed it in the right direction. The construction of the new softball and baseball facility this summer will bring more excitement to next year, as the Mules will be able to host home games regardless of the weather Maine gets next winter. The new facility and quality of play on the field is reason enough to be excited about the future for Colby Softball.

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