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Softball Fights for a 75-0 Streak

FIGHTING

FOR T HE ST RE AK

Shawnee Heights softball entered the season on a 50-game winning streak and back-to-back state titles. With an ultimate goal of 75-0, the team is on track by winning the first 12 games of the season. The team has felt pressure to keep the streak, with each opponent out to beat them. “Of course everyone on the team feels some pressure from being undefeated, but I think we use it as motivation because we know that every game we play we have to be our best because everyone wants to be the team that ends the streak,” senior Sydney Wellshear said. The team graduated five seniors last year, including the starting catcher and starting center-fielder, so they have had to fill some key spots. "I'd say we have struggled a little offensively. We have a few JV players that are in the lineup and they have had to step up a lot but they're doing great," junior Aniya Holt said. Even still, both pitchers returned, and four of the six infielders are seniors. The returners have stepped up to help the newcomers and

have worked hard to leave their legacy on the program. Another challenge to the team has been the change to the new league. Not only has the switch meant more traveling to away games, but also unfamiliarity with the new match ups. “I think the biggest challenge this year is the lack of hometown rivalry. We go into almost every game not knowing a single thing about our competition, and we have to be on our toes to fully assess each team in the beginning,” Wellshear said. On and off the field, the team has a strong camaraderie. Many of the players have grown up playing softball together and play together on club teams in the summer. “The best thing about playing for Heights is definitely the fact that I get to play with the girls I grew up with and my closest friends....We grew a family bond so quick,” Holt said. STORY: ABBEY FISCHER

TO UCH BA SE

After fielding the ball, sophomore Ady Burghart charges to tag the runner. Ady filled in at first for the home opener, but played outfield for the majority of the season.

H E AV Y H I TTER

In the first game of the season, junior Alexis Dial hits a stand-up double. Alexis had a batting average of .800 in the first two games, but then suffered a thumb injury which would keep her out for the majority of the season.

R IG H T O FF T H E BAT

Squaring up the pitch, junior Aniya holt hits an outside pitch to right field. Aniya was the starting third baseman and four- hole hitter.

A B B E Y FI S C HE R

"Winning state two years in a row and beating Washburn Rural 17-1 sophomore year."

PAIGE PETEFISH

"Freshman year at state against Andover when they loaded the bases in the first inning with no outs and we got out of it with no runs scored."

L EX I CO ULT ER

"At state when the coaches would take our phones for the night and we would unplug the hotel phone and give that to them."

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