Berkley High softball players Lindsey Butash, left, and Deana Thibodeau celebrate a play earlier this season. Coach Liana Easterby said Berkley has some “raw talent” on the roster this season.

Berkley High softball players Lindsey Butash, left, and Deana Thibodeau celebrate a play earlier this season. Coach Liana Easterby said Berkley has some “raw talent” on the roster this season.

Photo provided by Liana Easterby


Berkley High softball coach has talent to work with this season

By: Mark Vest | Woodward Talk | Published April 23, 2019

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BERKLEY — Berkley High softball coach Liana Easterby described her 2019 team as one that is “very promising.”

However, given that it is a young squad, with Isobel Imbs being the lone senior on the team, there are likely to be some struggles.

At press time, the Bears were 1-4 overall.

But despite a slow start, Easterby has observed the “raw talent” that exists on Berkley’s roster.

“There’s a lot (of) potential there, and I’m excited to see what the underclassmen can do, along with how the upperclassmen can teach them and help them out along the way too,” Easterby said. “(The) raw skill is there; we just need to continue the development of putting 12 girls together that have never all played together as one. We need to make sure that we’re taking the steps so that they know how to play together, ultimately.”

The Bears’ first win of the season came against Birmingham Seaholm, and in that game, Easterby saw what her team is capable of doing.

After falling behind 10-0, Berkley mounted a comeback and came away with a 12-10 victory.

It is a game that can serve as a lesson for the remainder of the season and beyond.

“I think the Seaholm game showed us that we should never give up,” Easterby said. “Scoring 12 (in) one inning when you’re down 10-0 can just show the kind of tenacity that the team has as a whole.”

Easterby said that seeing where the program is advancing to and how far it can excel gets her excited for the future.

And along with the youthful team she has this season, Easterby could get even more help going forward, as she expects a middle school program to be forthcoming.

That middle school program, along with the support that is already in place with the JV squad and the Berkley Moms Club, can provide ample reason for Easterby to feel good about the state of the Bears’ softball program.

“I think the future of the Berkley softball program is bright, especially if we continue to feed into the lower-level programs to bring (them) up to the varsity level,” the coach said.

Whatever may be in store in the future, Easterby said Berkley already has a great group.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “I’m excited to see what the underclassmen can bring to the program, as well as what the upperclassmen can continue to do.”

Berkley hosts a doubleheader against Ferndale High April 25, with the first game at 4:30 p.m.

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