Softball hopeful for state playoffs

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Cloey Hixenbaugh, Staff Reporter

The Mount Pisgah softball team has battled the adversity of COVID-19 yet has still grown and improved throughout the season.

They entered the region tournament with a 6-7 record and defeated St. Francis in the first round before falling to Hebron Christian on Saturday, Oct. 3rd. They returned to the diamond for a  tough game on October 4th against Wesleyan.  

Coming into the fall, the seniors formed a strong bond with their new teammates and made it a point to involve the whole team in everything they do. They worked hard to balance the additions of the new freshman to the team, while also battling the newfound hurdles that come with COVID-19. 

Seniors Haley Agin, Page Franz, Tolu Adewumi, and Addie Taylor, have all demonstrated amazing grit and determination throughout the season.

Looking back upon their season to prepare for the Region Tournament, a game that stuck out to them the most was when they played against Wesleyan for the first time this season. They were trailing 6-1 in the sixth inning and came back to tie up the game 6-6. 

“We played well and I think it showed all of us that if we show some fight, we can stay in… competitive games.” said Franz. 

Besides the senior leaders, key returners are first-team all-region members, Erin Parker and Grace Hudson, along with sophomores Julia Franz and Payton O’Bryant.

Many freshmen joined the program this season including, Savannah Simmons, Anna Suid, Jaime Ketter, Isabel Kirby, Ashley Harrison, and Bella Rodriguez. 

“We have had a lot of games but as a team, I think we do a great job of encouraging our teammates even if they make mistakes,” said Simmons. “And the camaraderie and sisterhood that we have on the team is very strong.” 

As the seniors approach the end of their high school careers, they want to leave the program in a strong spot for the future. 

Seniors are confident that their team will continue to do great things even after they graduate because of the examples that they have been to the younger players. 

“I made a positive outcome for all my teammates by supporting them and leading them to be the best that they can be.” said Again. 

The seniors, along with the rest of the team, were worried about the chance of not having a season, but are incredibly thankful for the opportunity to grow as a team and make memories together throughout the year.

With the regular season coming to close, the softball team is excited to go off to state playoffs and play really well against some good teams.