First year Head Coach, Jason Prunest, never would’ve imagined the 2020 season starting off with a 6+ week season postponement.
But, he had some high hopes for his team for this season and was very happy with how the girls were adjusting to a new coaching staff.
“I have found that the team is sitting on a lot of hidden talent that has yet to be exposed in a live game. These girls have a very good understanding of what is to be expected of them going forward and thus far have embraced a lot of change. I was looking forward to having them see changes in themselves and also having others see what has been hidden all along,” says Prunest.
Like coach, the players were also excited for the 2020 season and liked how the team was looking after just a few weeks of conditioning and practicing.
Sammi Hoffman ’22 explains, “Many of us knew this would be our building year, however after only a few practices, our team worked hard together and was looking very good fundamentally. Our new coach, Jason, was easy to relate to which helped all of us players to gain respect for him very quickly. He was so excited for the season, as were we! ”
“I thought our team was looking super put-together. We support each other and help each other out which is really helping our team. We’ve also grown a lot closer as a team this year more than in years past which really helped us work well together,” states Grace Wilking ’21.
Last year, the Spartans finished 8-15 (4-9 GCL Co-ed) while playing a very tough schedule. Offensively, the Spartans scored 19 or more runs in six games last season. Plenty of records were set last season as well.
Arrington Walker ’20 hit 12 HRs last season which put her career total at 24. Both of these are school records and also meet the minimum qualifications to be added into the OHSAA record book. Walker ’20 is signed to play at Northern Kentucky University next season.
Even though their season has been put on hold, the girls are still staying active in hopes of a return to Vine St. Park sometime this season.
“I have been keeping in shape by doing workouts every day through an app on my phone. It varies the workouts everyday so it keeps me entertained! I also hit off the tee and do glove work with my dad,” said Walker ’20.
Wilking ’21 adds, “I have a net and a few bats so I went out and bought a few softballs and have been working on my swing in the backyard. I also try and go on a lot of walks, runs and bike rides in the nice weather.”
As tough as it may be to have their season postponed, the Spartans understand the bigger picture in front of us with the COVID-19 outbreak.
Arrington ’20 states, “Although I am sad I’m not playing softball or in school right now, I understand that saving lives is more important than those memories. And that is okay. Because I want the virus to end as soon as possible!”
“It’s super disappointing but I’ve decided to see the good in it! I’ve grown a lot closer with my parents at home and spend tons of time with them, I don’t procrastinate anymore and make sure I get my work done, and I try and have the most fun I can while I’m stuck inside,” Grace ’21 explained.
Sammi ’22 says ,”The whole situation stinks, especially for the seniors this season, but it is necessary for the time being. Fingers crossed we may be able to play a few games in May just to get a feel of how the season would have been.”
The Spartans were set to tee off their season today, April 2nd, in a road contest vs Mt. Healthy.
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