On April 3, the Schreiber High School Girls Varsity Softball team was given the opportunity to visit Fordham University in the Bronx. Coaches Erin Fealy and Jeanne Carroll are alumnae of the school and former softball team members. The coaches brought their team to watch the Division I, Atlantic 10 college team play in a doubleheader against St. Bonaventure, in which Fordham won one of the two games.
By watching a college softball game, the high school players picked up many important skills presented by Fordham, such as the amount of energy that was put into each inning, and a sense of teamwork and friendship among the college players. After Fordham finished their games, the Port Washington girls were given a one-on-one clinic with the college players, which was a truly great experience. The team was taught hitting, pitching, and infield and outfield skills. The pitchers worked on how to throw a variety of pitches, and the outfielders and infielders learned additional fielding techniques. In addition, the team's already powerful hitting skills were refined through individualized hitting instruction by the Fordham players.
After getting to know the college players, the afternoon ended with the Port team treating the Fordham team to pizza and soda. This trip brought the Varsity team closer together, as they bonded on the tour of the Bronx's Little Italy, Arthur Avenue, and on the bus rides to and from the Bronx. The girls current success is due in part to the skills they learned from the clinic. Port Washington remains undefeated as of April 19, with a record of six wins and no losses.
To see the Varsity Softball team play, come to the home games on May 4 against Elmont, May 7 against Uniondale, and on May 10 against Lawrence. All games are at 4:30 p.m. at Guggenheim field.