Sports spring fever

The Amherst Hurricanes’ baseball, Ultimate, track and field, softball, lacrosse, and tennis teams are excitedly preparing for the upcoming spring sports season.

All have high hopes as the new season offers an opportunity to improve for both individuals and their teams.

The boys’ indoor track team has just finished up their season, placing 8th in the 4×800 at Nationals.

Many members are already excited to participate in the outdoor track season.

“We have a lot of good up and comers and others who are willing to put in the work to improve. I’d like to see some of them make it to the top 8 in Western Mass,” said star runner Aiden Foucault.

The top 8 mark means those runners will score points for the team at the Western Massachusetts Championship meet.

“We are consistently a high level team, and we’d like to do well nationally in relays like the 4 by 800,” said Foucault, who had just run in that event for the indoor season.

The girls’ track team also has big goals. Led by sophomore Sophia Jacobs Townsley, the team is shooting high.

After finishing 6-14 last year with a team full of juniors, the Amherst baseball team hopes to bounce back to a winning season now that those players are all seniors.

The team is excited to return to success led by strong players including Jake Balderston, Nathan Masteralexis, and Max Hopley, who all feel a sense of urgency to succeed now before they go their separate ways next year.

The girls’ lacrosse team finished last season 5-15 and hopes to do better this season.

Despite last year’s struggles, the team is entering this season with higher hopes as the players gain experience.

The boys’ lacrosse team had similar problems last season.

But junior Lee Borrell optimistically said, “We lost very few seniors last season, so we’re coming into this season with the same players but more experience and higher expectations.”

Boys’ and girls’ Ultimate in  Amherst have historically had many successes, and this year is yet another opportunity to impress.

The growing sport is becoming more popular around the nation, but Amherst has just as high expectations for this year as ever before.

Junior Luke Sedor Protti said, “We’re hoping to win the Amherst Invitational. This year has the strongest competition ever, but we hope to win at the Amherst Invitational, and PAIDEA, a tournament in Atlanta.”

Both the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams enjoyed some successes last season, and despite losing many talented seniors, junior Nathan Ji said, “We’ve got some great up and comers who will hopefully fill some of our needs, as the whole team hopes to improve to make up for our losses.”

The softball team had a discouraging 2016 season, but their heads are up heading into a bright new year.

They don’t know what the future holds but they are willing to leave their hearts out on the field every inning.