‘Trust’ helps varsity softball win league, move on to CIF playoff


The varsity softball team huddles during senior night. “There’s a lot of inside jokes, and I think we play better because we get along,” Kamryn Bellamy ’18 said. Image courtesy of Victoria Pinkett.

For varsity softball, it was a season of broken school records, bus-ride jam sessions and many victories.

The team has enjoyed enormous success so far, having won the the league championship and their first round of CIF-SS Division 7 playoffs against .

“If you win league, you have a better lineup for playoffs,” pitcher Kamryn Bellamy ’18 said. “We did that, so now we’re just focused on CIFs.”

Bellamy believes that the team’s success is due in large part to the underclassmen’s talent.

“We have a lot of new players. We have a lot of freshmen, and I think that has been really beneficial to us,” Bellamy said. “They’ve been open to learning, and they’ve gotten a lot better. I feel like [the team] has improved a lot as the season went on.”

Victoria Pinkett ’20, who is playing on the varsity team for her first year, echoed Bellamy’s comments on team unity.

“I really like the team and [our] connection of the team. I’ve gotten really close to a lot of girls this year.” she said. “We have a lot of trust for each other.”

As a freshman, Pinkett noted the differences between middle school softball and varsity softball.

“They have the same rules, fundamentally, but you’re playing [against] a lot better and a lot more teams,” she said. “For upper school, we also play teams outside of our league and outside of our division. It’s interesting because we get to experience a lot of different pitchers and a lot of different players, and we have to adjust to that.”

Pinkett reflected fondly upon her experiences playing on the team.

“I wish the season wouldn’t end,” she said. “I just really enjoy playing with the team, and watching the amazing things we do every single game.”

The team will enter the next round of CIF playoffs in a home game against Santa Rosa Academy today.

Update: May 24, Archer lost against Santa Rosa Academy 5-6. This concludes the 2016-2017 season.