May 10, 2024

Varsity Softball Takes Home Third Consecutive Chip

The Bay Ridge Prep Varsity Softball Tigers are once again the undefeated ISAL Champions after a 14 – 4 win over Dwight on May 8 at Maimonides Park in Coney Island. This is the fifth time in school history the softball squad has brought home the league title, the fourth time they have seen an undefeated season and the third consecutive year they are league champions. 


The Tigers quickly got on the board with three runs in the first inning and another three in the second inning to take a quick 6-0 lead. The Dwight Lions began a rally at the top of the third inning with four runners making it to home plate, bringing the game to a competitive 6-4 score leading into the bottom of the third when the Tigers sent another runner home to end the inning 7-4. Moving into the fourth inning, the Tigers never looked back and held Dwight to its four runs while Bay Ridge Prep rounded the bases another seven times with senior Cara Insley earning the game-ending run. 


This year’s softball team included Jada Andino ‘25, Bailey Bartnik ‘25, Rafaella Bevilacqua ‘27, Claire Giardina ‘29, Thea Harasani ‘25, Nina Hewryk ‘26, Cara Insley ‘24, Olivia Langsfield ‘27, Ava MacDonald ‘25, Samantha Norman ‘25, Samantha Profis ‘25, Selina Psarras ‘26, Abigail Ryvkin ‘25, Victoria Tsepelman ‘25 and Cecily Veto ‘26. Laurenne Berha ‘25 and Gabriel Brathwaite ‘26 served as team managers.


Head Softball Coach Ms. Ember Chabot said that after back-to-back undefeated seasons, the Tigers walked into this spring with a bit of a reputation.


“The word was out about our bullpen and this year it only got stronger,” Coach Chabot said. “Having a confident presence in the circle brings so much to a team in this league and having a deep pool of pitchers makes us tough to beat. That said, our pitching isn’t the only impressive thing this team is working with. Anyone who watched our final game against Dwight saw a cohesive team of ball players hungry to show what they can do. The fielding was clean, our hitting was strong and our base-running was unstoppable.”


Reflecting on her time with the Tigers, team captain Cara Insley ‘24 said, “a few years ago, we were underdogs with a bunch of players playing for the first time. We managed to show that with teamwork and passion, you can become undefeated champions.”

Insley, who is graduating in June and going on to play for Rutgers, added that “softball is not just about winning. It’s about the love for the game and the camaraderie of the team that helps you realize that your teammates are like family.” 


Coach Chabot added that strong rookies Claire Giardina and Olivia Langsfield found their places on the team’s starting lineup quickly and that student leadership in Sam Norman ’25 and Cara Insley ’24 brought both an intensity and a sense of calm to the team when either was needed. 


“Losing Cara will obviously be a hit to this squad but she has invested in the future of this team and helped us build something we expect will last,” Ms. Chabot said. “We’re looking forward to another competitive season next year, in which we hope to add some matchups with other teams from outside this league to help us to continue to step up our game.”


The Tigers last brought home varsity softball championships in 2016, 2017, 2022 and 2023. The 2024 Softball Tigers will be honored at the next Upper School Town Hall for bringing home the third title in three years.


Founded in 1998, Bay Ridge Prep is an independent, K-12 college preparatory school offering exceptional courses and intimate class sizes in a socially-mature and positive environment.