Daniel Boone off to another good start

The weather has made things difficult for all of the outdoor high school sports this spring. April showers may bring May flowers, but they have also postponed or canceled a lot of Berks League games. But it’s going to take more than a few rainouts to slow down the Daniel Boone High School softball team. They are off to another good start, winning the team’s first three games of the season.

Head Coach Traci Huddleson, who took over for long-time Boone softball coach Ray Swisher last year, has her team ready to go right from the start, no matter how many times rain pushes back that start.

So far the Blazaers have defeated Pottsville (2-1), Fleetwood (5-1) and Muhlenberg (10-0) in the Berks League opener.

The team is led by ace pitcher Bekah Slattery, who along with fellow seniors Svannah Toth and Alyssa Garner, will be the team leaders this year. Slattery will let her arm do most of her talking. Coming off an outstanding junior season, Slattery will be the ace pitcher for the Blazers, and so far, she is pitching like an ace, allowing just two total runs in her team’s first three games.

Slattery will keep the Blazers in every game with her arm, and the Blazers have enough offense to make this another great season for a program that has known nothing but winning for a long, long time.

Last season the Lady Blazers made it to the Berks League championship game, but they couldn’t come up with enough runs as Brandywine Heights won the game, 2-0, and the league championship. This year, the Blazers want another shot at the title. With the experience and talent they have, there’s a good chance they can get back.

The Blazers will rely heavily on the arm of Slattery, but Huddleson is quick to point out that this is far from a one-girl team.

“Our biggest strength is our team unity and support from our parents and community,’ said Huddleson. “Our goal is to work hard, be prepared, and control what we can. We’re excited about the season ahead.’

The Blazers have a string of home games coming up on their schedule. They host Muhlenberg on April 16, then a rematch of last year’s championship game when they play host to Brandywine Heights on April 17 at 4 p.m. On Saturday, April 19, the Blazers will host Kutztown at 11 a.m.

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