March 6, 2020
When it comes to softball, don’t count the East girls out. With five wins, nine losses and six more games to go, this has been one of the most successful seasons to date. The season started out strong, winning against Shawnee, a team they haven’t beaten in 15 years. The season has been great so far but there are still goals to be met.
Head Coach Jen Peifer said, “Our goals are to have fun, finish strong, continue to get leadership out of our senior captains, to stay positive and win more games by keeping the mental mistakes to a minimum.”
The team is looking forward to more fundraisers and clinics to get them motivated for playoffs in the next couple of weeks.
“We are holding a softball clinic for young girls aged 9-12 that live in Cherry Hill on May 6 and May 9. Our varsity girls will be instructing and helping to develop these young players’ skills,” said Peifer.
Miranda Sheppard (‘19), one of the three varsity captains, has really helped the team feel like a family.
Sheppard said, “This year we are having much more fun as a group, we have some pretty good hitters that are consistently hitting this year. Myself, Carli Ciocco (‘19), and Elizabeth Massaro (‘19) are all co-captains. We have tried to make this a fun and memorable year. Having more social time rather than just having fun on the softball field is very important to have good collaboration when it comes to game time. For this being my last year with the most wins with five so far and possibly making the playoffs, I must say that this has been a great year.”
The team has really focused on bonding outside of the field this year. Massaro led a cookie dough fundraiser event in November. Not only did the team bond, but they raised over 1,500 dollars.
“I enjoy the team and the positivity they constantly demonstrate. They always give 100% in practice and games. They all get along well with each other and have developed more of a family atmosphere with this team,” Peifer said.
The team is working hard to be successful during playoffs in the upcoming weeks.