No softball at WDHS this spring; only eight players interested

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Washburn District High School will not compete in softball this spring after only eight girls tried out for the team this year.

By Jon Gulliver
Staff Writer

Washburn District High School will not be fielding a softball team this spring. Athletic Director Ron Ericson said due to low numbers the school had no choice but to cancel the season.

“The Maine Principals’Association will decommitt the schedule and the impacted schools will have to arrange for replacement games,” said Ericson.

Ericson said only eight girls went out for the team this spring. He did say the baseball team has some of its best numbers in recent memory.

Last year’s Washburn varsity softball team went 2-13.

Washburn is not alone in struggling to find players. Van Buren and Greater Houlton Christian Academy will not field softball teams this spring as well.

For schools like Fort Fairfield this presents a problem. As of Friday, April 6 the Tigers softball team only had 11 games on its schedule. Athletic Director Tim Watt said he will try to find other games to give the girls some more competition, but it is tricky with the regular season only a week and a half away.

Ashland is another school with only 11 softball games this spring.

And then there is the case of Easton High School. The Bears don’t participate in spring sports. Athletic Director Steve Shaw said he has been associated with the school since 1969 and in that time they haven’t offered spring sports.

“The had a great baseball team back in the 1950-60 era”, Shaw said. “But they had problems back then even getting nine players.”