Boomer Elmsdale
Sat, February 17, 2024 at 12:02 PM . California
As the new softball season approaches, the San Marino High School Titans are gearing up for another exciting and challenging journey. We had the opportunity to speak with Head Coach Scott Edmonds about his team and their preparations for the upcoming season. Coach Edmonds has been coaching for over 30 years and his vast experience and love for the game are evident in his coaching philosophy and approach. When asked about his overall goals for the team this season, Coach Edmonds emphasized the importance of his players enjoying their high school athletic experience while maintaining good academics. This balance between sports and academics is essential for the holistic development of his players. This focus on creating a positive and nurturing environment for his team could be the key to their success this season. The Titans are fortunate to have some talented and experienced players returning this season. Senior Sophia Bilvado, the team's catcher, is a two-time Rio Hondo League Team player and is tied for the school career home run record. Coach Edmonds described her as an elite level player and a great team captain. Her leadership and skills on the field will be crucial to the team's performance this season. In addition, first baseman Alexandra Hughes brings consistency and dependability to the team. Coach Edmonds praises her for being a strong and steady presence in the infield, making her a valuable asset to the team. The Titans also have some new players who are expected to make an immediate impact on the team. Freshman pitcher Vivienne Barcase is one to watch out for as she enters the circle for the first time. Two infielders, Madeline Bilvado (Sophia's younger sister) and Sarah Esbenshade, both offer valuable skills and experience to the team. Coach Edmonds is confident that these new additions will help strengthen the team's performance this season. When it comes to choosing team captains, Coach Edmonds values players who are respected and lead by example. Sophia Bilvado's selection as team captain was an obvious choice for Coach Edmonds. She is described as a firm yet encouraging leader who is always willing to pick up her teammates when they struggle. Her dedication and commitment to the team make her a natural leader. One of the key factors for success in any team sport is chemistry and camaraderie. Coach Edmonds and his team have created a positive and strong team culture that is player-driven. The team's veterans mentor new players, teaching them the Titans way from the start.