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.