By Aiden Haines
Wolverines’ girls’ softball is also getting ready for a successful season. Led by two new coaches, Michelle Stringer and Wolverines alumni Alexa Mora, with their guidance the girls are eager and ready to get out on the field.
Their first home game happened on March 15 at Linde Community Fields against Meridian High School with a final score of 10-0. The Wolverines played their hearts out despite the tough loss. This loss will not define the rest of their season.
Stringer has coached high school travel softball before the Wolverines. She has also coached T-Ball here in Friday Harbor. Stringer has high hopes for the effect she is going to leave on the girls and the lessons she will teach, saying “I want to establish a new playing environment while sharing my knowledge and experiences with these girls.”
She is assisted by Wolverine alumni Alexa Mora. “We both are so excited to be on the other side of things,” Mora says. Stringer and Mora also are assisted by three volunteer coaches, Hannah Hopkins, Cady Wilson, and Daniel McKay.
The Wolverines have three seniors this year; Danielle Mckay, Audrey Allen, and Yaritza Plaza. These seniors are looking forward to being a beacon of light for their team and keeping their energy and morale up for everyone, including themselves.
“Even if we don’t win, we want to make sure we are leaving everything out there on the field and playing our hearts out,” Allen, shortstop, said. “We are getting used to new coaches, and a whole new team. But we are learning what works and learning how to play together as a unit. This means supporting our team on and off the field.”
These seniors have been playing for their whole lives and continuing to grow and blossom in their last year on the Wolverines field. “It is so important to be a good teammate and never let anyone get in the way of your love for the game,” Mckay, first base, explained.
It can be intimidating stepping on a high school softball field as a freshman, but Jillian Otis is excited for what is to come this season, saying “I am excited to be in a high school softball field, the team is like one big family. There are so many new opportunities that come with it.”
The lady Wolverines are eager to leave everything out on the field this season. Good luck to all of them for an auspicious season!