By Rachel Lau
As this softball season comes to a close, some seniors are saying goodbye to the sport they’ve played for years, as the juniors are preparing to step up to the plate.
Seniors Brianna Gonzalez, Kayla Moore, Megan Teal, Megan Confer, and Chloe Rentzel are saying goodbye to Red Lion.
“My fondest memory would be the bus rides and hanging out with my team, and doing team bonding stuff,” Moore said. “I’ll miss my teammates the most, because they are like my family.”
Red Lion high school softball players, Haley Taylor and Megan Confer and the rest of their teams are preparing for this season.
Taylor and Confer both play left field. They are important because they help their team become more efficient by helping to get the ball if it travels beyond the other player’s reach.
“We are trying to get the team together and connect on the field,” sophomore Taylor said.
By Rachel Lau
This year the softball team finished with a record of 1-17. “Our league is very tough, and a lot of the girls are great pitchers,” said Coach Megan Tyson.
The girls weren’t getting along very well at the start, according to Tyson, but then the coaches got everyone to spend time together and work together.
The weather did not cooperate with them either. “The field started out as a puddle,” said Tyson.
Although their record was not the best, Coach Tyson is still very happy with the team. “I’m most proud of the fact that throughout everything this season, they have never given up,” Tyson said.
Seniors Keisha Martinez, Kira Fossbenner, Paige Taylor, Riley Warner, Lindsey Teal, and Taylor Dewees will be leaving this year.
“It was a rough season, we didn’t win as many games as we expected, but we never quit as a team,” said Paige Taylor. Next year she’ll be attending York College and has her mind set on playing field hockey, and continuing softball.
“It was a fun and good season,” Riley Warner said. “We played as a team and tried our best.”
The team worked off the field as well, pulling their efforts together for charity.
On Sunday, April 27, the varsity softball team raised $1,237 during a carwash with the softball team from Red Lion’s rivals, Dallastown. Red Lion gave their money to a boy named Trey, and Dallastown gave their money to Breast Cancer Foundation.
By Taylor Bosley
The start of the spring sports season not only brought a new opportunity for the players of the softball team, but also for new head coach Terry Choate, who was named head coach of the team mid-way through the offseason after Troy Eveler resigned from the position.
Choate brings experience under his belt from coaching at Dover’s varsity program for the past seven years. He joined Red Lion this season in hopes to get his team thinking a certain way. That way is determination.
“I want them to think domination. I want my team to dominate in everything they do whether it be on the field or off the field,” Coach Choate said.
Senior Taylor Gould believes Coach Choate has been positively impacting the team in more ways than one.
“One of his techniques is that he stresses is to do everything as a team,” Gould said. “Another one is that he wants us to give 100% of our focus and dedication.”
Along with that, Coach Choate wants them to be the best players individually and as a team that they can be to reach his goal of their thinking-pure domination. Senior Katie Shultz also feels Coach Choate brings a positive sense of direction to the team.
“He has definitely brought a new attitude to the way we approach the game, Shultz said. And every day he not only pushes us to challenge ourselves but each other.”
Through his approach of Coach Choate not only wants them to be great players on the field but also great people off.
“I want them to be a great role model in school and also society,” Coach Choate said.
By Karlie Gipe
The time has arrived; the time when all of the spring sports athletes prepare for tryouts. This season, the softball team has been preparing for at least two days a week the past few months.
Last spring, both varsity and junior varsity teams were compiled of younger players, which were absent of seniors. As the team and coaches look ahead to this season, there are quite a few seniors that have been attending the after-school workouts.
According to the head coach Troy Eveler, there will be over ten players that have received their varsity letter in the past that will be coming in for a returning season. Five of those returning players are seniors. “With another year under their belts, all of the girls have gotten stronger and improved,” Coach Eveler said.
In the previous season, the team came out strong as they qualified for districts. As the team begins to take on the spring season, Eveler says, “With a little more consistency this year a league title is definitely possible.”
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