Down and dirty: Softball girls

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Softball season has just begun and the girls are back and better than ever. Tryouts have ended and overall, we have 33 girls on the team. Last season was a good run.

According to Victoria Vail, whose on the Varsity team, states that “.You can’t go out thinking that it’s all about you, you have to step up to the plate and think im going to score this hit and i’m going to make this run and do it for the team.”

In an article on the athletic scholarships website, it explained how softball got its name. “As the history of softball shaped itself over the next decade, the game went under the guise of “indoor baseball,” “kitten baseball,” “diamond ball,” “mush ball,” and “pumpkin ball.” In 1926, Walter Hakanson coined the term “softball” while representing the YMCA at a National Recreation Congress meeting, and by 1930, the term stuck as the sport’s official name.”

Vail’s goal this year is to enjoy every minute of the game. “Being on this team has definitely showed me that I can be strong and if I mess up, that’s the beauty of the game.” She has been playing for Hillcrest Softball for about two years now and has enjoyed the experience.

In a game, there are nine players on the field at a time. The players take the positions of pitcher, catcher, first baseman, second baseman, shortstop, third baseman, and outfielder. To win the game, a team will need to get the most runs at the end of the seventh inning. However, if the teams are tied at the end of the seventh inning, the game can go into extra innings, until the tie is broken.

A lot of the girls can agree that their favorite part of playing is being on the field as family and fighters. Maddy White, a sophmore on the JV team, played for Taylorsville Rec for a year before deciding to tryout and has been loving the experience.

The main difference she states is, “there are a lot more girls, a lot better coaches, and a lot more fun.”

White has learned, “Patience, I can do anything if I put my mind to it.” White has always been a driving force. She loves giving back and seeing people happy, which is why she’s excited for the Swing for life tournament.

The Swing for life tournament, is an event held at The Cottonwood Complex, is all about the girls having fun and giving back. Swing for life dedicates a day for breast cancer,  “Taking a bat to breast cancer one swing at a time.” The event will be held on April

Some advice from most of players this season is to come to open gyms. They definitely will help and you’ll get closer to the girls. Open gyms start around October and tryouts are at the end of February.

 

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