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Pirates softball is to be reckoned with

Thursday, April 18, 20132184 views

The preseason for the Cyprus Pirates girls softball team included a high number of runs produced, but a low number of wins. Since then the offense has been missing. But head coach Greg Henson knows his team can beat anyone if they play the way they are capable of.

“We are a young team. In our first tournament we had 36 hits in two days, but since then, the bats have gone quiet,” Henson said.

Henson is not sure what happened to cut off the offensive production. Nevertheless, he expects the Pirates to be a team to watch out for in Region 6.

The Pirates opened their season March 8 and 9 against Grand County High School. Despite trailing 6-0, the Pirates never quit. They rallied with 17 hits en route to a 14-12 victory.  The Pirates then trailed 8-2 in the second game, but mounted a furious rally, only to lose 13-10.

“When our kids break out and start hitting the ball, we can beat anyone in the state,” Henson said.

Junior Gracie Castelan is the team’s leading pitcher. She has also belted two home runs thus far in the season.

Henson said that he has also been impressed with freshman pitcher Sydnee Empey.

“I always look for girls that will be good teammates. This group of girls has been great. They have played together in the summer and fall with the Pirates accelerated team, and they genuinely work together. Players can win games, but teams win championships,” he said.

The Pirates were scheduled to begin region play April 11 at Bountiful and April 12 against Clearfield (after press deadline).

Henson feels that Bountiful is the team to beat in Region 6. The Pirates have developed a rivalry with the Clearfield Falcons too.

“Our goal is to represent Cyprus High School well and win some games. We need to develop some confidence for coming years. I want to see these kids succeed. I really believe in these kids,” Henson said.

Henson is in his third year as the Pirates head coach.

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