by Sierra Pleima / email@example.com
Seven varsity starters from last year’s season are out for softball again this year. Practice started on May 6, with 2 weeks until the first game. The softball team began their season with a loss against Pleasantville on May 20.
Playing several girls from last year’s varsity team will be an advantage. These girls have more years of experience playing together, therefore making it easier to communicate and play together as they step onto the field.
Coaches Karen Harrill, Nancy Morman, Russ Van Wyk are returning to help the girls build on their skills. Graduates Lizzy Van Manen and Amanda Harrill will also be using their experience to teach the girls as well.
One challenge that the team may face is their size. With only 11 returning players from last year, and a few 8th graders coming up to play on the high school team, it may be difficult to fill positions on both JV and varsity. “We’re small, but mighty,” said Coach Karen Harrill. The girls are prepared to face the bigger, tougher schools they are up against.
As in previous years, a major goal of the softball team is to build relationships. They consider themselves a family as they grow to become better as a team. Building relationships is crucial in any sport as athletes learn to work as a team.
The girls are excited to start the season, and see where their hard work and talent takes them. “I’m looking forward to spending most of my summer with the softball girls, while playing the sport I love.” said freshman Sydney Nunnikhoven.