It has been a season of adjusting for the Edward Little softball team thus far.
The Red Eddies not only have replaced a number of starters in the lineup but have had to overcome quite a few obstacles this season, including an 0-2 start.
“We’ve had some injures,” said EL coach Elaine Derosby. “We’ve had some surgeries and sickness. Day- to- day, we don’t know where we’re going in the city to play. So every day is different.”
Tribeau Field in Auburn hasn’t been playable yet for games this season. All of EL’s home games have had to be at Lakeview or at Auburn Suburban Little League. The team is used to playing at the ASLL, but the grass infield makes for a different game at times.
Another change for the Red Eddies is in the coaching staff. Coach Derosby just had a baby last month. That has restricted her capabilities for the time being, but other members of the coaching staff have helped fill in. Nicole Chapman, Derosby’s sister, was a state championship-winning pitcher for EL and Norm Ford was a longtime assistant to Gene Keene and also assisted Derosby her first year as varsity coach. So there’s plenty of coaching experience to go around.
“I don’t like it because I can’t do anything physical,” said Derosby. “We have a lot of personalities with our coaching staff, and we have a lot of personalities with our kids. They know who they’re comfortable with, and they know they can bounce off ideas to any of us.”
Derosby says she hopes to be able to do the physcial parts of the job soon, depending on when her doctor or Coach Ford allow her to. In the meantime, the Red Eddies have done pretty well despite all the hurdles. Pitcher Miranda Martin and outfielder Emily Johnson, two four-year seniors and returning starters helped helped lead a squad that features four freshmen in the lineup. The team has won four straight and put itself in the Eastern A playoff hunt. That includes a character-building 10-9 over Lewiston Tuesday in which EL rallied from a 6-1 deficit and won in the seventh inning.
“We’re still trying to find our identity,” said Derosby. “We have kids that are in positions they weren’t comfortable in two weeks ago. They’re not using those excuses anymore. But we’re still there and trying to find who we are. When they come together, they’re one of the most talented teams that I’ve ever had because they’ve played so much softball in their lives and played at the highest level.”
Devils Are In The Details
After going 0-14 last year, the Lewiston softball team is making great strides. The Blue Devils won two games early on and nearly beat EL in Tuesday’s thriller.
“Team moral is good,” said Lewiston coach Fred Royer. “The influx of two sophomores and a freshman has brought new life to the team. Our senior leadership has come along quite well.”
Lewiston had just four starters returning in pitcher Kati Dumais and infielders Lauren Eldridge, Kourtney Bartlett and Tamara Roy. Sophomores Michelle Malia and Erica Brochu and freshman Maegan Mathon are among the newcomers that have helped contribute early on.
Though Lewiston still shows its youth sometimes, the Blue Devils have shown some confidence and resolve. The early wins gave Lewiston something to build off, and even though the Blue Devils fell short against EL, it was a character builder. Lewiston watched a lead slip away but battled back to take the lead again and nearly tied it in the seventh.
“We had a couple good wins,” said Royer. “The EL game is a good sign of the future. We’ve got some tough games ahead of us, but hopefully we can put some pressure on and make the tourney.”
Haves and Have Nots
There’s quite a disparity in the Western C standings. There are five teams without a loss in the standings this week while there are six teams without wins.
Two of those unbeaten teams, Jay and Telstar, were supposed to meet Wednesday but were postponed because of weather. That showdown has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 10.