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The Lawson Softball team is Stepping Up for This Season!

The Lawson Girls Softball team is off to a good start so far. The current standings for the Varsity team are 11-4 for overall play, and 6-0 for district play, and 1-6 for the Junior Varsity team (JV). The team is led by Coach Cherae Rice, who has shown her excitement for this season.

“The season is going really well so far… In our first JV game, we went from not scoring any runs, and in the next game we scored four points for JV, and then we lost to Fairview 17-4. But then when we played them here, we only lost them 9-4, so we closed the gap. Then last Saturday, they got their first win,” Rice said.

According to Rice, the girls could only have a limited number of practices due to games scheduled back-back. 

”We try to get in 1 to 2 practices so that we can work on [our struggles] from the last game we had. We start about 2:45-3PM, and then we warm our legs, stretch, and work on strategies like trying a double play or relays from the infield to the outfield. We also work on hitting,” Rice said.

While the teams were not as distinct last year, JV and Varsity are going strong this season with more funding and a new field. Sophomore Hadley Hall shares her excitement about the sport.

“[Softball] keeps me active and involved with the school and in the sport. The relationships I build with my teammates are super cool because you have friends inside the sport and outside on the field,” Hall said.

Rice also shares a few of the changes that have occurred since last season.

“Last year, we started learning a new offense and defense system, and now we have picked up different plays. Last year, [the team was] a little nervous and still learning, but now we are putting those actions in play, and we are doing even better,” Rice said.

While the Lawson softball team prioritizes growth and improvement in the sport, they also see the relationships that the team can build we both the community and themselves as equally valuable.

“I want the community to know that we have fun, we laugh, we joke, we enjoy each other, but we also play hard and do our best and that everybody knows that we are a family. We would love for others to come and join our family,” Rice said.

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