Softball team hoping to peak during districts


Zoe Gillespie

Shortstop Addie Leinen

The Westside softball team is off to a winning start this season. The Warriors have a record of 13-9 midway through the season. Westside head coach TJ Eadus believes the pitching staff has led the team to a winning record.


“We are doing well at using our pitching staff,” Eadus said. “We have few freshmen pitchers that have been able to get some time and help take some innings off our senior pitchers.”


The Warriors returned several starters this season, which has helped the team bring more energy to the diamond.


“Our older players are leading by example,” Eadus said. “Continuously pushing and getting things started. If they have a good mindset and are composed, our younger girls match that energy.”


Westside’s chemistry has helped the players on and off the field. Senior shortstop Addie Leinen has noticed a difference with her teammates.


“The season has been pretty good for softball,” said Leinen. “We have learned about each other’s strengths and weaknesses, which we are able to build off of to make the team better as a whole.”


Big innings and good pitching is what the Warriors will need to do to continue their success. The Warriors hope to peak at the right time, when they start district play in October. 


“We learned from Metros we have the skill to win against big teams as long as we have good pitching, and string timely hits together,” Leinen said.


While the Warriors still need to fix a couple of things, the team has played at a high level this season.


“We still need to limit a team to three outs an inning,” Eadus said.  “Limit our errors and play a complete game with solid defense, but at our Westside Invite we played and competed very well both offensively and defensively, I would say the best we’ve played in four years.”


The Warriors will play at the Papillion LaVista South Titans on Tuesday, Sept. 27.