Sailfish Softball Plays Fall Game Against Back-To-Back DI Champion Gators

Written by: Kyle Bloemers, Beat Writer

Photo Courtesy of Kyle BloemersPhoto Courtesy of Kyle Bloemers
Gainesville, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic softball team took on two-time defending NCAA DI National Champion Florida Gators Sunday afternoon in a fall exhibition at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. 

It was a mini homecoming for the newest coach on the Sailfish staff, as first-year assistant coach Bailey Castro was a standout for the Gators over the last four seasons. Castro was met with a standing ovation from the Gator faithful the moment she walked onto the field. Shouts of “she’s still ours” from the fans welcomed Castro back to her home field of the last four years.

Playing in front of a crowd of over 300 with a strong PBA presence, the Sailfish battled the Gators throughout the ten innings. Strong pitching performances by several Sailfish pitchers kept the Florida hitters in check for much of the afternoon. PBA had a couple hits on the day off the bats of Junior Kayla Knight to lead off the game and Freshman Victoria Boyer who was also credited with a stolen base. 

Tenth year Sailfish head coach, Kimmy Bloemers, was happy for the experience this provided for her players. “My goal for this game was for our team to gain some valuable experience against a great team. As it says in  Proverbs 27:17, ‘As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.’ This was an opportunity to refine our skills by playing against the best competition. The Gators have been the number one team in the country at the highest level of college softball for the past couple years. I wanted our girls to have a chance to see what it takes to be the best, and I think we showed composure against an excellent Florida team. We certainly have some things to work on, as it’s early in our fall season, but our girls really enjoyed the opportunity to play the Gators on their home field.” 

The ten inning contest eventually ended with a score of 9-0 in favor of Florida. The Sailfish now turn their attention to the spring season beginning in February as they will compete in a full Sunshine State Conference schedule.

*No official statistics were kept for the contest*

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