By Douglas Maxwell Myer Contributing Writer
Marlborough – This spring season will mark the final chapter of Victoria Petrie’s athletic career at Marlborough High School (MHS). As her senior year comes to a close, Petrie’s consistent work ethic has left a deep impression on each of the season’s sports teams she has taken part in – field hockey, basketball and, particularly, softball.
Last year Petrie’s batting average was .476, she hit the league best five homeruns, and was named a Midland-Wachusett A League All Star in 2014. Petrie is a captain of the MHS varsity softball team, leading it to the championships and earning MVP for both the team and Midland-Wachusett league.
Petrie is a native Marlborough resident who enjoyed watching college softball on television as a child. She became eager to take part in the sport and told her parents that she would love to play college softball someday. Although starting out in soccer, she soon switched to softball. She played for the Marlborough travel team as well as a club team which she continues to participate in today.
When Petrie arrived at MHS, she made it onto the varsity softball team as a freshman and had the skills to earn starting spots in games throughout her first season.
“I think my quickness, durability and conditioning are among my greatest strengths,” noted Petrie. “Also my hitting is very powerful.”
During her sophomore year, the team won the district title – the first time in the school’s history to earn that achievement.
“There were a lot of great memories from that playoff season,” said Petrie. “But the most memorable was the 11-inning game against Nashoba [Regional High School] that we won to get us to the district game.”
Petrie hopes to crush the ball again this season and would love for her team to earn a playoff spot and ultimately make it to the state finals.
“As you get older the competition gets better,” noted Petrie. “Pitchers develop various techniques and you have to be ready for anything that they would throw at you while at the plate.”
Petrie also earned a league All Star title as a field hockey player for three years and had the Boston Globe Best Play of the Week with her winning three-pointer against Westborough High School as a basketball player.
When searching for colleges Petrie was being recruited by several schools, some for field hockey and others for softball. After considering all of her options, she decided to play softball at Assumption College. She verbally committed in February and will be signing her national letter of intent April 15, which happens to be her 18th birthday.
“I hope that I can help bring success to the Assumption softball team and experience playoff games with them,” said Petrie. “Also continue to develop and improve myself.”