New coach hopes to build winning softball program at Folsom HighBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
A new coach and a young team offer hope for the future for Folsom High’s softball program.
Mike Scott takes over for Brett Magorian this season, coming to Folsom from Florida and has an impressive resume of winning wherever he’s coached. He coached a high school team to a state championship in Michigan, has experience coaching at the collegiate level and last summer coached one of the top travel teams in the Southeast. He’s also worked with Dot Richardson and considers the two-time U.S. softball Olympian a friend of his.
His experience and winning history aside, Scott knows he’s got his work cut out for him. He vows to be patient, however, knowing that developing a winning program will take time.
“I want to instill the game back to these girls and the get the younger kids and develop them,” Scott said, speaking of young softball players in the Folsom Softball Club. “I’m going to teach my team the basic fundamentals and the attitude they need to be successful.”
Folsom has struggled mightily the last two seasons, failing to win a league game in the Delta River League, while posting an overall record of 11 wins and 37 losses.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will the Folsom softball program. Scott’s got a roster of 11 girls and there’s not one senior. His team features seven juniors, three sophomores and a freshman.
“We’ve got a young team and beyond that, a school this size should have a lot more girls coming out for softball,” Scott said. “Our numbers are low. I’ve got some younger girls that could be on the varsity team, but they need playing time to develop so I kept them down on the JV team.”
Scott said his expectation for this season is to teach the girls the basic fundamentals of the game and establish the proper attitude that’s needed to be successful.
“The attitude I’m talking about is leaving your attitude at home and being committed to the game,” Scott said. “We’ll turn this thing around; it will come. It could be a long process. It could be two years, three years.”
Scott said this year’s team, despite the 0-7 record, is improving. The team’s work ethic and attitude is there some times and at other times it isn’t, he said, but the team is improving.
Folsom has been outscored 83-22 through seven games this season and Monday’s loss to Laguna Creek was close to that average.
Folsom did a good job putting the bat on the ball with seven hits, while only striking out three times. However, the Lady Bulldogs couldn’t get the big hit, going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. While the team hit the ball hard, unfortunately, most of time it was right at someone.
Audrianna Burlew had two of Folsom’s hits, both singles, while Whitney Mayberry and Sara Klein hit doubles. Sami Allen, Vronica Idrogo and Ashlee Chacon also had singles.
Folsom struggled in the field as well. Pitchers Devyn Anderson and Sierra Pettit allowed 13 hits and uncorked about half a dozen wild pitches that allowed runners to advance. In the field, the Bulldogs committed six errors to Laguna Creek’s one.
Folsom is back at it again tomorrow, playing host to Burbank before hosting Bella Vista Thursday.