By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West softball team had lofty expectations heading into the 2021 spring and has lived up to them as it heads into a pivotal regular season finale on Friday. The Falcons, who boast a roster filled college-committed players,
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West softball team had lofty expectations heading into the 2021 spring and has lived up to them as it heads into a pivotal regular season finale on Friday.
The Falcons, who boast a roster filled college-committed players, is 9-4 in a stacked Division I and has a chance to earn a home playoff game with a win over Moses Brown on Friday.
The Falcons earned their best win of the season last week when they defeated visiting La Salle 5-3 in a statement victory.
“The girls have been stepping up really well. The upperclassmen, the good core of juniors, the seniors, they’ve all been contributing pretty evenly. They play tremendous defense with some timely hitting. A home run by Ava Brandow led us to a nice win over La Salle, the other seniors doing whatever they have to to win. Brenna Whittaker putting down a bunt to move a runner over to second, Sophia Crudale knocked her in. It’s been a back and fourth but we’ve hit a balance point with our personnel,” said West coach Jeff Smith.
Like most years, the Division I race looks like it will come down to the wire with a dog fight at the top. Between West, Pilgrim, La Salle and a surging St. Ray’s team, it is anyone’s division to win, which is what Smith and company expected heading into the year.
“At this point there are really no surprises. Everyone has had a good chance to see what the other teams are looking like and we can adjust accordingly,” said Smith.
Considering the battle that is ahead in the playoffs, Friday’s game could have major implications with seeding. With homefield advantage on the line, the veteran-led group looks to earn one more win and put its best foot forward prior to next week’s playoffs.
“They understand the importance of that and it’s something that they’re working toward. It’s a bit of a crazy week for them, with both proms and graduations. The kids have a lot of stuff on their plate with a little bit of softball in between,” said Smith, who feels that his team is coming together at the right time. “It was kind of an odd year thanks to the lost year in the pandemic, but since Day 1 they’ve been working really hard coming together gelling and playing together as teammates.”