Softball swings into action

Dolphins step to the plate


Turner Demers

Senior Hannah Jones sprints to first base following a hit against Kellam on April 29.

Turner Demers, News Editor

Softball returned to the diamond for the first time since 2019.
“My feeling of coming into this season in particular is of pure excitement. Being that we missed all of last season, it is a great feeling that we are back on track to compete and get a chance to play the game,” said softball head coach Mike Pollock.
Under normal circumstances, the dolphins have a couple months to prepare for the season beginning in January with practices and scrimmages prior to the first game. In seasons past, there is a full 20-game season with eight playoff berths available in the 6A region. This season, however, will only include 12 games with five 6A teams and three 6B teams competing for a berth.
“Our biggest competition will be Kellam, Grassfield and Western Branch in Region 6,” said Pollock.
The team opened up the season with two wins, and a hard-fought loss against Kellam.
“If we continue to take each practice one day at a time and work hard, we can trust in each other’s abilities allowing us to perform against strong competition,” said senior shortstop Hannah Jones.
Day by day improvements are what will lead the team to their overall goal.
“Our goals every year are of course to play in the State Championship game at the end of the season,” said Pollock.
Although the team is young, the future looks bright.
“We currently have a ninth grader, four tenth graders, and seven juniors on the team,” said Pollock
With only three seniors this year, leadership is vital.
“I think Lindsay Fox shows great leadership and work ethic because she’s always willing to help others,” said sophomore catcher Ashley Bush.
Even though this season is a unique one, the girls’ attitudes hold the team together.
“My favorite memory is from our lock-in last year when we had a talent show. I was upset we were unable to have one this year,” said Ashley.
Despite the fact this season is a unique one, the bonds between these athletes are strong.
“It’s unfortunate to have a shortened season because the girls are amazing and fun to be with everyday,” said senior left-fielder Hailey Bush.