Softball starts strong, led by pitching from K.P. Boggs

Len Elmer

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Exiting last season, PMHS’ varsity softball team suffered some key losses to graduation. Of the four graduating members of last year’s team, two had career batting averages of over .310, and 2 had career earned run averages of below 4.00.

But those losses have not deterred the team out of the gate this year. With 10 out of the 20 games scheduled already completed, the team carries a record of 5-4-1, and already have more than half of the wins that last year’s team did. According to Maxpreps.com, a score reporting source for high school athletics, the team carries a roster of 13 girls, with just 7 of them upperclassmen. Many on the team have stepped up, contributing greatly to the strong start to the season.

Among those early season leaders is senior K.P. Boggs. A four year varsity player who will attend and play for the University of Hartford next year, Boggs dominates both on the mound and at the plate. So far this season, she’s hitting with a .458 batting average, with four runs batted in and five doubles. She’s also walked three times, and been hit by the pitch twice, both of which has contributed to a remarkable .552 on base percentage. On the mound, Boggs has been equally as dominant. Through 55 and 1/3 innings, her earned run average is a shockingly low 1.52. With a 5 and 3 record, she’s given up just 44 hits and 12 earned runs, while walking 28 batters and striking out 68.

Other leaders who have stepped up this year include seniors Emma Lauria and Lindsay McNamara, and sophomore Ali Milanese. All three are hitting above .300 with more than 25 plate appearances, and McNamara is hitting above .400. As well, Lauria and McNamara both have near-perfect fielding percentages, and Lauria leads the team with seven stolen bases.

After dropping two straight to Valhalla and Lakeland, the team will play at Briarcliff to end the week before returning home to face Rye on Monday.

Editor’s note: this article was written prior to Pelham’s game against Valhalla, and any statistics, with the exception of the record, will not reflect that game.