Striving for State

After canceled 2020 season, softball team works hard to take state


Elizabeth Carter

At the game against Beebe March 2, junior Caitlin LaCerra steals third base. LaCerra is leading the team in stolen bases this season. “Stealing bases has a lot to do with being able to read the defense to see when the next base is open,” LaCerra said.

Anna Barnes, Staff Writer

When softball season began in the spring of 2020, players were excited to take state. Little did they know, the entire season would be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In their current season, the softball team is eager to get back on the field and continue their path to state. 

The team has been working hard during practice for the upcoming season. Senior Alissa Suarez takes time during the off season to hone specific skills that will improve the game as a whole. 

“I play nearly year round in order to keep my skills up,” Suarez said. “I also attend weekly hitting lessons and skills and drills when offered.” 

Along with some players using their free time for extra practice, others were eager to get on the field. After missing the season last year, players like junior Regan Dillonare excited to be back. 

“You realize you can’t take it for granted, and you want to be out there every day,” Dillon said. “My favorite part has been seeing my team every day and growing closer as the season progresses.”

After missing last year’s season, the players are more determined than ever to take state. Practices are full of rigorous exercises and drills to hone skills and build muscle as well as team morale.  As a senior, Suarez is ready to go out with a bang. 

“We are confident and focused on the task at hand,” Suarez said. “We will fight to bring that title home.”