By Christina Avina
After a tough season last year, the Varsity Softball team has been able to bounce back and make a new name for themselves. Although they are facing competitive teams, with an optimistic attitude and some new athletes, the team is focused on improving and remaining positive.
Senior Co-captain Emily Hernandez has been motivated to make this year redefining. Last year, the softball team had a harder time staying positive and being able to work together as one on the field. This year, however, the girls have created a goal to unite as one and function as a group rather than individuals. The senior players hope to bring the team far and give the future varsity players determination to continue progressing as a team. “We want to try and win at least half of our games to try and prove something to the incoming class and girls moving up to varsity next season to just play your heart out,” said Hernandez. As the season moves forward, the girls have been used their new strategies to keep the energy alive and to progress as a team. By cheering on and supporting their teammates throughout practices and games, Hernandez has noticed a difference in the energy between the players. Hernandez has been devoted to maintaining a strong bond with her teammates and keep a positive attitude for the game days to come.
Being a strong asset to the team, Senior Sadie Martinez continues to motivate her teammates throughout the season. In comparison to last year, the team is aware of the type of competition they have, which is why they plan to stay on their “A-game.” Martinez had high expectations for herself and the team this season. As she moved further she began to transcend as a player. From last season to now, Martinez accomplished the goals she had to become a stronger athlete. Everyone on the team, especially the coaches, have the right mindset in order to develop a stronger and faster team. Not only have the coaches been pushing the team to victory but these athletes have the desire to win, which is most likely the reason the team has been prosperous. “Our coaches are harder on us this year, and we really put in work at practice.” stated Martinez. Although each individual athlete has their own talents, when they all work together on the field, they are unstoppable. In many different ways, these girls contribute and bring something special to the team. In addition to being a hard working athlete, Martinez brings a light to the team with optimistic state of mind. Being a helpful and committed athlete, she utilizes her optimism to help carry the team.
The Varsity Softball team has already been able to improve from the previous season. However, they have faced a difficult season and with an unfortunate current league record of 1-9, they have been able to keep their heads up and prepare to finish the season strong.