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Cougars softball team finish off season, look forward to next year

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Many ballplayers do it; though, not many spectators know why.`

“It’s a kind of release for us because we know that sometimes it can be a little stressful especially if it’s a close game,” said junior Cheyenne Black. “When we kick the bat off of our cleats, it reminds us that we’ve done this a thousand times before and that the coming bat is no different than any of the others.”

The Cougars softball team this season could adequately be described as such: a hard-working camaraderie with their head in the game. Unfortunately, it came to an end during their play against Galena Park (3-1).

“The team that plays the best wins the game. Galena Park played a pretty good game, as did we; we just fell short two runs,” said sophomore Haleigh Swinney.

Although they came short of a win on April 27, their legacy is far beyond that. The team’s impressive track record only proves how ferocious the lady Cougars’ bite is, leaving other schools in dust by as much of a 14-point margin, as was the case in the game against Humble on February 27, with the final score 16-2.

“Your season ended last night, but the memories will stay with you for a long time … Remember how you felt after the final out— but don’t let it define you,” said the softball team on their Facebook page the following day.

Breanna Russell, third baseman and one of the team’s shortstops, was recognized as this season’s Most Valuable Player at the recent athletic banquet for her “excellent leadership skills both on and off the field,” according to Black. She expressed her personal thoughts on the overall sense of the season.

“I would describe our season as a young year that we can only move forward from. We won many games with the chemistry between our team,” said Russell.

The thought of brushing off distractions and focusing on what lies ahead with the metaphor described by Black sums up the ladies’ plan of improvement for next season.

“We plan to work on our team’s communication, on and off the field. We also need to work on fostering more people to step up and help lead the team,” said Swinney.

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Cougars softball team finish off season, look forward to next year