Varsity Softball Falls to Pflugerville on Senior Night

By Jena Hawks

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  • Haley Popelka ’18 runs towards first base.

  • Gabriella Garcia ’19 prepares to receive a pitch.

  • Gabriella Garcia ’19 prepares to receive a pitch.

  • Haley Popelka ’18 prepares to strike the ball.

  • Schyler Stockwell ’17 hits the ball with full force.

  • Courtney Ogle ’17 hits off the ball.

  • Jena Hawks ’17 prepares to get into the game.

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Emotions ran high as the varsity softball team began to warm up for their last home game of the season. For seven of the girls in the program, Tuesday, April 18 would be the last time that they would play on Westwood’s softball field. To honor the seniors that would be leaving at the end of the year, each girl walked across the field with their family while having their achievements and awards for the last four years announced. Though the Lady Warriors battled hard, they fell to the Pflugerville Panthers 8-2.

“It was an emotional event, but being out on the field with the rest of the seniors and their families made it a very special night,” Courtney Ogle ‘17 said.

For many of the girls in the program, Senior Night is an exciting and bittersweet game and one that they think about for all four of their years. Seeing the seniors stand in the middle of field for one last time can be very emotional for the underclassmen, and it causes them to think about when they’ll be the ones standing there.

“I felt it was very emotional and a beautiful tribute to the wonderful leaders of our team,” Olivia Meyers ‘20 said.

Despite the tears falling from their face the girls still had a game to play. They had a tough game against the Panthers. The girls started the game strong and held the Panthers to a score of zero until the fourth inning. Hit after hit the Panthers began to make contact with the ball, in that inning the Panthers went up 2-0. The Lady Warriors, however, did not quit. They, too, began to make contact with the ball and were able to tie the game. Gabriella Garcia ‘19 scored the first run for the Warriors and this sparked the team to push even harder. Chelsea Terranova ‘19 kept the streak going and was the player to tie the game.

“[The fourth inning] was a great inning for everyone, we were down 0-2 and being able to tie it to give us another chance felt pretty amazing,” Chelsea Terranova ‘19 said.

In spite of the Lady Warriors’ hard work, Pflugerville went on a run and scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning. The damage was too great and the Warriors were not able to come back, ending the game with a loss of 8-2. After the game the coaches talked with the girls about the hard work they put into the season and how proud they were, as well as how much the seniors meant to the team.

“They individually worked extremely hard at becoming better each year,” head coach Tiffany Gates said. “Not only did they lead by example on the field they are kind people and will be an asset to our communities. I will miss them tremendously and look forward to seeing them succeed at the next level in life.”

The girls  will play their final game Friday, April 21 at Cedar Ridge High School.