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The end of varsity softball’s season

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The end of varsity softball’s season

Senior pitcher Destiny Ricks delivering a strike in the defeat against Hanford West.

Senior pitcher Destiny Ricks delivering a strike in the defeat against Hanford West.

Photo By Brain Reynoso

Senior pitcher Destiny Ricks delivering a strike in the defeat against Hanford West.

Photo By Brain Reynoso

Photo By Brain Reynoso

Senior pitcher Destiny Ricks delivering a strike in the defeat against Hanford West.

Gavin Mancha, Staff Editor

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Softball season is back and the 2017-2018 Central Grizzlies are ready.  Led by head coach Scott Gorton they look to come back after a great 2016-2017 season. They’ve started off hot with a 3-2  record after racking up wins against Hanford West and Sanger High School. Their biggest victory yet came against Redwood High School who has competed for the Division II Valley championship two years in a row.

One of the biggest strengths of the team is, “bunting and base running” says senior outfielder Emily Lynch. This can be a deadly weapon for the Grizzlies as it can pressure the defense and force them to make errors.  She also explains, “Keeping the energy” meaning, having positive attitudes and staying engaged in the game would be something to improve on. Even though it is early in the season, junior outfielder Alexis Peraza says, “I feel confident we will get better over time” and that is true only 4 games into the season there is a long road ahead of them.

If you are interested in some players to look for this season it would be senior pitcher and Texas Southern commit Destiny Ricks. She is dominating in the circle and looks to hold it down for the Grizzlies. Senior third baseman Brittney Espinoza and senior outfielder Sydney Turner are also potential contributors on both the batting line-up and defense field.

Even though the season didn’t go as planned this year the girls still accomplished many goals. When asked what one of the biggest wins for the team was, senior outfielder, Emily Lynch says, “Against Clovis West when I had a walk off bunt to win the game.” That does not come as a surprise as the girls have lost a lot of close games that could have gone either way. The team finished with an overall record of 14-13-1

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