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Softball senior leadership key essential

Despite a disappointing loss on their first game in league, the Lady Eagles still show potential to win a league title. The girl’s softball team battled the Caruthers Blue Raiders on March 19 but lost 5-1 in their West Sierra League (WSL) opener. However, the Lady Eagles regained their swagger with an 11-2 comeback victory against the Laton Mustangs on March 21.

“Our first game showed us how we have improved,” Tiffany Kaiser, ?03, the team’s catcher, said. “We have grown a lot together as a team. I am so thrilled about this season and I’m glad all of us get along and are so close; there is a real bond between us. This makes everything even more special whether we win or not.”

Team captain and third baseman Amber Streeter, ’02, also shares the same mentality as Kaiser.

“Everyone has a positive attitude and we are solidly united,” Streeter said. “Our improvement will help us in the future.”

Robert Foshee, who is in his second year as head coach, believes the team’s vast improvement has adequately prepared them for the playoffs.

“I hope that our team will begin to be more unified and grow together,” Foshee said. “I want us to represent our school and God. We have improved so many things and I’m glad we are close this season.”

The team’s 13-4 victory against the Riverdale Cowgirls on April 2 shows potential for winning the WSL title this season.

The team is prepared for the season, but senior leadership is essential if they hope to be successful, according to senior pitcher Dani Fries.

“I enjoy our team and the closeness we share,” Fries said. “We seniors do a good job of leading the younger girls. It is important for us to set a good example.”

Sara Wiens, ’04, is also a pitcher and through her experience, she has improved her skills.

“My pitching has improved from experience, and my hitting as well,” Wiens said. “It is easier to have a positive attitude because we work well together.”

The attitudes of last year’s softball team were not as good as this year, according to Wiens.

“Last season we had to work hard but our attitude was poor so no one had a reason to give one hundred percent,” Wiens said. “Also having a new coach was rough and expectations were low so not much was accomplished.”

Recently, the Lady Eagles came together in a solid effort and beat the Tranquility Tigers 15-4 on April 4. Wiens was the winning pitcher.

The girls’ next home game will be April 9 against Mendota.

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