Tag: Caroline Strott

Softball Trumps Long Reach in Senior Night Game

Words and Photos: Sandy Eichhorn

On Wednesday, May 3, the Centennial Eagles Softball team celebrated their two seniors, Celina Jensen and Caroline Strott, on Senior Night against Long Reach High School.

Each senior was escorted on the field by their families and were given gifts from the team.

The first inning set the stage for the rest of the game as the Lightning quickly got three runs against the Eagles defense. The Eagles answered with an RBI from Jensen that sent junior Gracie Rockefeller home. Freshmen Sarah Phelps and Caroline Strott helped send two more runners in, and Phelps scored off of a walk. At the end of the first inning, the Eagles led 4-3.

At the bottom of the second, freshman Lauren Morcette hit one over the fence two get two more runs for the Eagles. Freshman Olivia Reese stole home, giving the Eagles a four run lead over their opponent.

The Lightning scored one more run in the fourth inning, but the Eagles were increasing their lead. Morcette and Jensen each hit an RBI, and the Eagles led 10-4 going into the fourth inning.

The Lightning did not give up and scored four runs in the fourth inning, closing in on the Eagles lead.

In the fifth inning, the Lightning tied the game at ten, but the Eagles scored two more runs and kept a 12-10 lead.

The score remained the same going into the seventh inning. The final inning was a nail-bitter. Long Reach took a 13-12 lead, and the Eagles needed two runs to win the game. Jensen hit yet another RBI, which sent sophomore Grace Bennett home, tieing the game at thirteen. Freshman Sarah Sopchick ended the game when she stole home.

The Eagles won their Senior Night 14-13 in an impressive showing.

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Softball Defeats Wilde Lake in Season Opener

Words and Photos: Sandy Eichhorn

Centennial’s Varsity Softball team kicked off the season with a victory over the Wilde Lake Wildecats on Tuesday, March 21.

Despite the slow start, the Eagles took the lead after senior Caroline Strott and freshman Sarah Phelps each scored a run. The Eagles held this 2-0 lead until freshman Sarah Allen scored off of a hit by junior Gracie Rockefeller.

Centennial kept hounding the Wildecats and quickly increased their lead to 6-0 with runs from freshman Sarah Sopchick, sophomore Grace Bennett, and freshman Lauren Marcotte.  

Wilde Lake generated some scoring opportunities but with key plays from Bennett and Rockefeller, the Eagles kept them off the scoreboard.

The Eagles scored two more runs to end the game from senior Celina Jensen and Rockefeller, defeating the Wildecats 9-0.

Centennial will play against Howard High School on Thursday, March 23.

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Softball Loses to Reservoir on Senior Night

Words and Photos: Sandy Eichhorn

On Thursday, May 12, Centennial Varsity Softball played against the Reservoir Gators for Senior Night and the first round of playoffs.

Seniors Emily Allen, Jordan Ciraolo, Emily Davis, Tori Montanez, and Sam Sterenberg were honored with speeches and a cookout after the game.

Ciraolo and sophomore Gracie Rockefeller scored two runs and juniors Camryn Allen, Celina Jensen, and Caroline Strott each scored one run.

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Same Family, Same Team

Words: Michael Moore

Playing on the same team with a sibling is something special that doesn’t happen often. Siblings have a special connection on the field that is not often replicated, and it can lead to great things on the field. Sophomore Caroline Strott has spent the past two seasons playing varsity softball with her older sister, Abbey. It has been a great help for Strott, who said it helped her adjust to not just softball, but to high school as a whole.

“By having an older sister I felt more accepted and welcomed on the team, simply because I already knew some of the other players because of [Abbey]. It made it an easier transition to varsity and high school in general,” Strott said.

Strott explained how her sister helped her build confidence on the field, and as an underclassman on varsity, confidence is very important. But, Strott also looks to her sister as a role model off the field too. Abbey’s support and encouragement has helped Caroline through a lot.

“Regardless of what’s going on [Abbey] always had my back. She’s been a great role model for me and helped me with a lot, especially in my freshman year,” Strott said.

Freshman Jeremy Wilson played varsity lacrosse with his brother, senior Kevin Wilson. According to J. Wilson, this past season was something special.

“It’s something everyone who has a brother looks forward to but not everyone gets to do. Coming in as a freshman it makes you so much more comfortable to know that [Kevin is] there to pick you up when you make a bad play,” Wilson said.

Having a brother with you can be very beneficial, especially for a freshman. It helps J. Wilson gain confidence and learn not to be afraid of anything. J. Wilson said his brother taught him that “being a freshman doesn’t matter, it’s all about heart and who wants it more.”

Wilson’s brother played an important role on the lacrosse team during his time at Centennial, and his impact is not lost on his younger brother.

“I think I’ll miss the passion he played with most…he just loves the game and leads by example and is a great leader to follow,” J. Wilson said.

With the graduation of seniors, their younger siblings will look to take the lessons that they have learned throughout the years, and use them on their own. With the summer fast approaching, these athletes will begin to find their own path, and with the tools that have been passed down from their siblings, the future looks nothing but bright for them.

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Softball Takes Down Hammond

Words: Ashley Berry

The Centennial Girls Softball team won their senior night game against Hammond High School on Tuesday, May 5. The Eagles played strong and finished the game with a score of 13-7.

Josefine Jensen started the game pitching and Centennial was quick to get three Hammond players out and then score four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Jordon Burk and Jensen scored and Sam Sterenberg had a strong hit that sent Caroline Strott and Brita Hawtof to home.

In the second inning, Emily Allen, Jensen, Gracie Rockefeller, Hawtof, and Abbey Strott all scored, causing Hammond to call a timeout and change their pitcher. Despite Hammond’s attempt to come back, the Eagles held strong.

In the top of the third inning Sammy Kastner got two Hammond players out at home plate in a row. Later, Sterenburg, Jensen, Allen, and A. Strott all scored, as well as one player from Hammond, ending the fifth inning at 13-5.

Hammond scored two more runs, but they were unable to stop the Eagles, ending the game after the top of the seventh inning at 13-7.

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Allied Softball Takes on the Centennial Girls’ Varsity Team

Words: Ashley Berry

At 3:00pm on Wednesday, April 8, the Centennial allied softball team was primed to take on the Marriot’s Ridge Mustangs. Due to transportation issues, the Mustangs never made it to Centennial. Rather than send the allied team home, the Centennial girls’ varsity softball team stepped up to the plate for an in-house scrimmage.

The allied team was off to a great start with five runs in the first inning. Michael Clark ran from second base to home plate off a solid hit by Dominic Roybal, scoring the first run of the game. Roybal and Michael McCarthy were both on base when Orkun Unal hit a ball to the back wall, giving both a chance to run home. Both Unal and Jonathan Hanks had successful at-bats and were on base when Thompson Truong had a nice hit which brought both of them home.

Jordan Ciraolo, Sammy Kastner, and Tori Montanez were quickly retired by Matthew Na and Clark, ending the first inning with a score of 5-0.

Clark scored again in the second inning, making the score 6-0. At the bottom of the second inning, three players from the Centennial boys’ varsity team, Connor Clemens, Matt McShane and Robert Hunter, joined forces with the allied team. Despite a run scored by Caroline Strott of the girls’ team, the allied team didn’t back down. Clark was responsible for three outs at the plate off of throws from Hanks and Clemens, ending the second inning with a score of 6-1.

Michael Havlik, McCarthy and Clark each had amazing hits in the third and final inning, and Unal scored his second run. Montanez scored a second run for the girls off a hit by Kastner in the bottom of the third inning. That would be their final run. Both Strott and Ciraolo found themselves out at the hands of Havlik and Celina Jensen was thrown out at first base on a nice play between Clark and Havlik, ending the game with a score of 7-2.

Allied softball’s peer helpers, Sakena Redmond, Anna Crowe and Frankie Krzyzanowski, and coaches, Coach Frost, Ms. Seen, Mr. Young and Ms. Dodd, helped the team take this win.

Allied Softball’s next game will be Tuesday, April 18 at 3:00 at Glenelg.

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