BY CAMERON MCDOUGAL
Last year’s playoff run was short-lived for the Lady Grizzlies Softball team. The team had a disappointing loss in the first round of playoffs last year.
This year the team has a new, positive outlook. They are prepared to make it for the long haul this year. With some returning seniors, including their number one pitcher, as well as some juniors, and an up and coming group of sophomores on the varsity squad, this team has great potential. The Lady Grizzlies thus far in the season have only suffered one loss at the hands of Brecksville, who is currently first in the Suburban League standings.
Sophomore outfielder Cassidy McDougal says, “This team gels well together. We each know our role and support each other, and that makes us so much stronger as a team.”
The team has been ranked at the second seed, to first seed Walsh Jesuit, in the OHSAA Girls Fast-pitch Softball Division I District Tournament. Wadsworth, being second seed, will get a first round bye this year. On May 10th, they will face the winner of the Stow-Munroe Falls versus Cuyahoga Falls game. This game will be followed by two more rounds to make it to the championship game.
Sophomore Maddi Long added, “I know our team will definitely go far this year. Being second seed gives us the added confidence that we need.”
Wadsworth definitely has the skill, hitting ability, defense, and pitching to make it past any opponent. They just have to keep all of those components working at the same time, which they are definitely capable of. They have proven to be winners up to this point, and with skill and determination they can prove themselves to be winners in this divisional playoff race. Their leader, Coach Schmeltzer Sr., is set to retire this year and a championship title would be a great way to send him off.