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2019 Season Raises Bar for BVT Softball

The Blackstone Valley Tech softball team came up short of its ultimate goal of winning a Central Mass. title, but the Beavers 21-win campaign and undefeated run through the Colonial Athletic League raised the bar for future teams with several key members of this year's squad slated to return.
"We played pretty well, we went into the season expecting to be in the district final and we didn't make it, so we are disappointed," said head coach Pete Cardoza. "It's a pretty good place to be when you have a great season and you're still disappointed, it means you're a pretty damn good team."
The Beavers lost in extra innings against the defending champions from Leicester, who piled on nine runs in one frame to win 13-4 in a game that was far closer than the final score indicated. In addition to the appearance in the district tournament, BVT won its first 19 games of the season and won a game in the state vocational tournament over Essex Tech.
Cardoza praised a number of players for their performances in the tournaments, including Audrey Karyabdi. The sophomore hit three postseason home runs and Cardoza said she may have had one or two more but for the expansive outfield at Worcester State, where the Beavers and Leicester played each other.
Freshman Emma Ballard continued her strong play against the top competition in the tournament and Trinity Gibbs, a sophomore, returned from an injury to drive in a pair of runs in the playoffs.
The Beavers' three senior captains, Hayleigh O'Connor, Alyssa Clark and Megan Metzger, set the tone for the squad. "They were huge," Cardoza said. "They played travel ball and played in the summer and sent the message to the younger players that 'even if you're on varsity, you haven't made it. You need to keep working."
The interactions between the tight knit team were such that it was hard to tell who was a freshman and who had been around for several years, Cardoza noted, it was a team-first approach. "They kept the atmosphere fun and kept the focus on winning," he said.
And they set a high standard for the program to live up to in the years to come. "The seniors were a major reason for our success this year and going forward," Cardoza said. "This is what it's like at BVT softball now."




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