St. Mary’s right wing Lily Newhall prepares to lead the Spartans to the Holland Softball Tournament May 28 at Grace Rogato Field.
Three years ago, as a freshman, Newhall was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Newhall will be on the hill and present an incredibly tough test for opposing hitters when coach Colleen Newbury’s side open against Lynn Classical.
Newhall just hit a milestone in a May 9 CCL game against Austin Prep, retiring the 500th batter of her career. She entered the exclusive club with her 12th strikeout in a 4-3 victory. The 500 Strikeout Club is an impressive achievement for the 5-foot-5 ace, especially considering Lily’s sophomore season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Newhall recorded a career-high 17 strikeouts in a win over Austin Prep this season. She had a 14-K game against Fenwick and a perfect no-run, no-hit, no-walk, 21-up, 21-down game against Arlington Catholic in April. She is a strong candidate to be a repeat All-Scholastic.
“I definitely feel faster this season,” Newhall said. “I’ve used curveballs, screwballs, drop curves, switches and two seam fastballs. Coach Newbury taught me my drop curve. It does a wonderful job. Everyone says that she was a great player – I wish I could see her play.
Newhall welcomed a new receiver from St. Mary’s to the battery this season at Roma Braid. “She did a great job behind the plate. This is her first year of wrestling for me and she really helps our team. Our defense was excellent. I couldn’t win those games if it wasn’t for them.
Newhall is 12-3 on the mound this season and has a career record of 57-8. She hit three career homers, including two that went over the fences at Fenwick and Gordon College. She said her home run at Arlington Catholic “would have been out of breed.”
Although she is heading to Saint Anselm College, Lily Newhall is focused on leading St. Mary’s to two important titles over the next few weeks. There is the Holland Tournament, then the MIAA State Tournament.
“I’m looking forward to the Dutch Tournament and playing for the city [bragging rights]“, Newhall said.
Lily knows that expectations are high on Tremont Street at State Tournament time. Her uncle, Jeff Newhall, just won his fourth crown as head coach of women’s basketball. The boys’ basketball team, led by head coach Dave Brown Sr., was also the 2022 state champion and schoolmate, Northeast pitcher Aiven Cabral, is on the hunt. a hat-trick for coach Derek Dana’s impressive program.
“We are ranked #1 in our division,” noted Lily, daughter of Jason Newhall and Lysa Newhall. “I hope we will play a lot of home games. Seniors want to accomplish one more thing before they graduate. I’m really confident. I have a good feeling.”