Softballs Improves for End of Season

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Alex Estopare

Freshman Addie Leinen was apart of the 2019 Westside softball team.

The Warriors softball team played on Sep. 15th and the 17th. They played at Papio South on the 15th, losing 0-2 and also playing Millard North at home in a long battle, but coming up short and losing 12-18.

They then played Sep. 18th and 19th in the Omaha Westside Invite. They played Elkhorn South, Bellevue West, and Grand Island; they went 2-1 in the invite. They beat Bellevue West 9-1 on the 18th and Grand Island 6-2 on the 19th but lost to Elkhorn South 8-14, going 2-1 in the tournament.

On Sep. 21st and 23rd, Westside faced off against Duchesne and Papio-LaVista. They beat Duchenne 16-4 keeping the bats going the whole game and holding on to the lead, but losing to Papio-La Vista 0-12 with a tough loss.

 The Warriors played their last home game on Sep. 24th against Elkhorn, resulting in a 5-17 loss.

The team is looking to get in a good finish to the season and also the chance of making it to districts. As they prepare for the final stretch of the season, the team is looking to make improvements. Senior Shortstop Dayton Kell talks about what needs to be improved and worked on. 

“As a team, we look to improve with our work ethic and momentum and energy. We need to outwork every other team, in practice, warmups, and during the game and win every inning,” Kell said, “We need to control and stay with our momentum and keep the energy up and especially positivity.”

Softball seniors are also preparing the underclassmen to take the role and responsibilities there will be when they’re gone. Senior pitcher, Kori Bullard talks about setting an example for the underclassmen.

“We have six seniors on this team. When we all leave someone is going to have to step up and take responsibility for the team and hold everyone accountable,” Bullard said, “We are all trying to make sure that we set a good example for our underclassmen because this is their team just as much as ours.”

As they are looking to make it into and compete for districts. Coach Eadus has seen many positives throughout the season.

“Our hitting has been incredible. We have now surpassed a couple of schools hitting records and to do that in a strong league is incredible,” Eadus said, “If we keep hitting like we have, tighten up our defense, I think we have a shot at competing in districts.”

The team looks to finish the season strong. They play on September 28th and 30th. Their last two games are away, playing at Bellevue East on the 28th and at Bellevue West on the 30.