Softball

Young Crusaders team building for the future

By Ray Hamill — It’s going to be a spring of adjustment for the St. Bernard’s softball team, but second-year head coach Anthony Ford believes his team will be competitive moving forward.

The Crusaders opened the season with a 10-1 loss to Arcata on Wednesday and had a bye this weekend after a scheduled doubleheader with Ferndale was postponed.

And with just two seniors on the roster, Ford will rely on a lot of freshmen and sophomores this spring.

“We’ve got a lot of young players making the transition to varsity softball,” Ford said. “But I think if they stick with it, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with. Right now, we’re just young.”

Ford, who coached just two games last season before the COVID shutdown, will rely heavily on seniors Lindsey Davila and Kara Waterman.

Davila will play a number of different positions, while Waterman will start at second base.

“They’re competitors, they compete,” Ford said of the seniors. “Those returning players that have experience, I’m looking for them to lead the younger players.”

Talented junior multi-sport athlete Emma Wilson will start at shortstop and is also expected to play a big role on the team once she returns from injury in a couple of weeks.

Ella Jimenez, meanwhile, will see a lot of time in the pitcher’s circle and has shown a lot of promise early.

“She battled Arcata pretty well,” Ford said of the sophomore. “She’s going to be a force once she adjusts more. She’ll be tough.”

Next up, the Crusaders (0-1) play at Hoopa (3-0) on Tuesday.

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