VHS Softball KIcks its Season off in Florida

By Allison Naeris

On Saturday March 23, the Verona High School softball team flew down to Orlando, Florida to play softball games for three days as a part of their spring training. This was the fourth year in a row the softball team went and played at ESPN’s World Wide of Sports Complex. In the span of three days, varsity played in six games down there, going 5-1 during the trip.

They played Old Saybrook High School from Old Saybrook, Connecticut on the first day in a doubleheader, in which they won both games with a score of 12-2. Senior Christina Colon and Sophomore Melanie Naeris each pitched one game, and they, as well as many of the other players on the team, contributed on offense with hits in the high scoring games.

On the second day, Verona played Kenston High School from Chagrin Falls, Ohio in a doubleheader. Verona went 2-0 again, winning with a score of 2-0 in the first game and 6-3 in the second game. Colon pitched the entire first game, throwing a no-hitter. She also pitched in a little bit of the second game, and senior Kate Ryan also made an appearance pitching, her first time ever in high school career, and Ryan also contributed on offense with an RBI single that drove in a couple runs.

On the third day Verona suffered their first loss of the trip, losing to Buena High School from Atlantic City, New Jersey by a score of 10-0. Their losing streak did not last long though. Later in the day, they beat Georgetown Day High School from Washington D.C. with a score of 13-1. Verona offense was alive that game, with most of the girls contributing with at least one hit.

Overall, the trip was very successful, and Verona softball has a lot to look forward to going into regular season games.