If you want to see a dominant high school sports team, then look no further than the Silver Lake girls softball team.
The Lakers came into this week undefeated, at 12-0, putting them near the top of a handful of statewide rankings. That is even a big deal for a team who returned a lot of talent, but not a surprise for a team that has played as well as they are playing.
Their most impressive win of the year came last Wednesday, May 3, when they beat Bridgewater-Raynham, 5-4, on a Jill Richards walkoff hit. Albeit she hits well for the team, she is also their primary starting pitcher for the team and a major reason why they are playing as well as they are this year.
Although they are a talented squad, what impresses about the Lakers simply put is their ability to find ways to win games. Sure they have played their share of blowouts, beating up on weaker competition, but have five wins by two runs or less, a sign they do not give up when they face adversity. And among those blowout wins was a 30-0 win over Hingham on Monday, May 1, which is about as much of an indication that the team can hit as possible.
The team is led by their senior captains Emily Critch, Kelly Danahy, Anna Battista and Caroline Videtto at the top, although the team is loaded with valuable players.
The way the Lakers have played this season, they have already clinched a spot in their respective playoff bracket and they appear to be poised for another deep playoff run. After all, they made it to the south section final last year and the state final a year prior.
The Lakers next game is Friday, May 12 at Duxbury High School, and the time is to be determined.