Softball team heads to regional playoffs

Dominic Troffer

The Bakersfield College softball team has just wrapped up its best season in recent memory, with an overall record of 30-11.

According to longtime coach Sandi Taylor, the team is poised to make a run at this year’s playoffs starting Saturday at Mount San Antonio College in Chino.

Taylor said it was player determination which made the team the most successful in her 12 years as head coach.

“(Our success) definitely has to be attributed to the players and their abilities,” she said. “They will not be satisfied. They refuse to lose, so they work hard.”

Players also appreciate the coaches’ dedication to the team and said the coaches understand the double duty student athletes assume.

“They understand it’s hard to come out here every day,” said freshman Lindsey Vincent. “I love them to death.”

The team has racked up 18 wins in conference play on its way to a second-place finish in league. The only three losses were handed to them by College of the Canyons, with two of those games decided by one point.

“It’s a really good feeling to know that you’re contributing to one of the best teams in BC’s history,” said Kimmie Sabedra, a sophomore and liberal studies major.

Oftentimes, members of any sort of team are singled out because of exceptional play resulting in resentment and a loss of teamwork. Bakersfield College has several standout players but they credit their success to their team. According to some players, it is the team mentality that will give them an edge in the playoffs.

“I think we have a really good chance because everybody just clicks and we work well together,” said Kelly Arias, all-state and second team All-American, sophomore standout.

Regardless of how the playoffs pan out for this year’s group, they have the satisfaction of knowing that they have been one of the best.

“Never give up and just keep going at it because you never know what the outcome will be on and off the field,” said Sabedra.