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Letters to the Editor

Playing Nice

After reading Caitlin Murray’s softball article in The Tech on March 21, I was left with mixed feelings. She did a great job covering the specifics of the game; in fact, I felt it was one of the better articles not written by Sports Information to appear in the Tech — not only during my time as an assistant coach, but in the few years I have worked at MIT prior to joining the athletic department. That being said, I also feel that it could have done without the scrutiny and negativity included in her last paragraph.

To say that “if they expect to improve their record this season, their offense is going to have to be able to knock in runs. Stranding seven does not bode well for their ability to produce in the future” puts a negative stigma on a great group of young women who have worked very hard and have shown much improvement both individually and as a group from last year. While Murray’s previous quote is true in the context of softball, I don’t believe that stranding seven in our first game (coincidentally, the first non-intrasquad competition) is a harbinger for our entire season. The end focus should have been on the positives that came out of the game, or even the straight facts. Not the negatives or a season forecast by someone who hasn’t seen what the team is capable of.

There is a very bright future for MIT Softball; one I would encourage you all to come out and watch.

Rhianna Cohen
Assistant Softball Coach