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New and improved 2018 softball team?


During the final stretch in the countdown until the start of spring sports, tensions are running high for the HHS softball team. With only a few seniors suiting up for battle, and a poor record for the past few years hanging over the team’s heads, things are finally looking up for the HHS Lady Red Hawk softball team. With a seemingly strong freshman group heading out to the fields, this should be the season to get into.

            “I believe that we are going to have a good group of freshman that are going to bring experience on the field and hopefully a new burst of energy for the team,” explained head coach Kelsey Merchant. “I was able to help coach them last summer going into their freshman year, and they are a group with talent and full of personality!”

Of the seniors on the team, Merchant sees the possibility for a lot of potential this season.

“I am expecting my seniors to really step up to the plate and take charge of the team this year on and off the field.”

After a short interview with senior Kizzie Conklin, coach Merchant’s expectations for her upperclassmen seems more than a reasonable and achievable goal.

Some of my expectations are working as a team and knowing that we got each others’ backs, because softball is about trusting your teammates and making sure we can communicate.” Conklin also explained... “ One goal I want to set for myself is working hard all season and making sure I give that 110 percent, since I know this will be my last year of school ball.”

It seems, then, that this season’s players are dedicated and driven athletes.

Though many of the freshman girls are unpretentious about their abilities, they are often spoken highly of, and continue to feel humble.

“One fear that I have about this upcoming season is that I won't be good enough,” claimed freshman Makayla Pilcher.

Even with the team’s doubts and beliefs, this should be a good season for the HHS Lady Hawks softball team.