Swinging into season

“This season I want to stay positive and encourage my team. I also want to go back to state and do better than we did last year,” DoniRae Mayhew said.

Mayhew, senior, will be playing her fifth and final year on the softball team. She has played many positions such as pitcher, first base, second base and shortstop, but her favorites are pitcher and shortstop.

“We didn’t have drama last year, which was nice. Team bonding was really fun, too because everyone got along,” Mayhew said.

Mayhew as well as Gabrielle VanderVinne recommend trying out for softball because it is fun and a great opportunity to meet new people.

“Even if you don’t have experience you should still try out because it is a lot of fun, and I met a lot of great people,” VanderVinne said.

VanderVinne, junior, plays outfield and pitches. She has spent winter and spring preparing for the season.

“We hit inside during the winter, and now we have tournaments on the weekends and practice twice a week. We also lift,” VanderVinne said.

Grace Erpelding, sophomore, plays shortstop and hopes to return to state again.

“It would be nice to go back to state. It was a cool experience, as a freshman, to go last year,” Erpelding said.

Erpelding also is looking forward to team bonding during the season.

“I like the car rides to weekend tournaments, in the big SUV’s, because you form awesome bonds with everyone,” Erpelding said.

Along with the softball team, the baseball team is also ready for season to start.

Justin Hutter, junior, is looking forward to playing baseball again this year.

“I didn’t play last year because I had shoulder surgery,” Hutter said.

His goals for the sea a good group of guys,” Wehr said.

Senior Josh Pauley’s favorite memory, throughout the seasons, is beating Pleasant Valley in playoffs.

“I’ve been preparing for the season by pitching with the pitching coach,” Pauley said.

Pauley encourages tryinson includes winning the MAC conference and hitting above .350.

“Baseball takes a lot of your summertime, but you’re with your friends and make great memories,” Hutter said.

Justin Wehr, sophomore, also recommends trying out for baseball.

“Do it. It is fun, and it isg out because he has made great memories throughout the years.

“YOLO, you should try out, if you don’t you will regret it,” Pauley said.

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