Softball brings in new coach Reply

The softball team huddles during a game last season. The Lasers have a new coach and look forward to a new season.  (Photo by Tom Horak)

The softball team huddles during a game last season. The Lasers have a new coach and look
forward to a new season. (Photo by Tom Horak)

By Shapleigh Webster – 1851 Staff

It’s hard to believe with all this snow on the ground that the softball season is right around the corner, but the Lasell softball team has been getting ready since last fall.

For the two senior captains, Denise Archetto and Michaelea Grady, the years leading up to this season haven’t been the easiest. With four coaches in four years, and a tough start between the two of them, it’s been a rough ride. Now, four years later, the women are close friends.

“We had our moments,” said Archetto. “But we learned we need to work together to get through this…We balance each other out, we’re like yin and yang now.”

Not only have they been working on their friendship, they’ve also been working on their relationships with new coaches.

“It’s been a good learning experience. It’s taught me that you have to learn to adjust in life,” said Grady. “Every coach had a different style and that was hard to adjust to [every season].”

Both women have a very positive attitude about this season and their new coach, Rich Paulhus.

“Rich, I really like him,” said Grady. “He’s really laid back and organized and he doesn’t want to step on our toes. We’re definitely a stronger team this year. We’re a really close knit team, it feels like we’ve been playing together forever.”

During spring break the team will travel down to Florida for a 10-day tournament, “We have the potential,” said Archetto. “It just depends on how we act during the games.”

It’s a bittersweet season for the two, who both have been playing since before high school.

“It’s terrifying, I’ve been playing since I was four years old,” said Grady.

“It’s been a roller coaster since I got here,” said Archetto. “But we’ve made it, it doesn’t even matter if we have a winning record, it’s going to be a fun process.”

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