Rock Creek’s softball team started its season on March 29 at Wamego, losing the first game, 7-3, and the second game, 9-2. They will continue to play non-league games until April 16, when they will open up league play against St. Marys, ending the season with regionals on May 14 and hopefully qualifying for state.`
Coach Jeri Brummett is not new to the challenges that come to coaching softball, as this is her 19th year of coaching at Rock Creek.
“My expectations for this season are to be successful, win the Mideast League, which can be salty and tough, and also get past regionals and make a run at state,” Brummett said.
She added that this year will be only tougher for the league games.
“In our league, everyone is only getting better and better… there is no weak team in the league,” Brummett said. “We have a very very tough league, and every game will be a challenge.”
Silver Lake has always been one of the toughest teams in the league, and this year is no different, according to the players.
“Silver Lake has always been a good team, and they will be a good test this year for us,” junior Mackenzie Zolck said.
In addition to winning the Mideast League, the players’ expectations are similar to Brummett’s for this season.
“We host regionals this year, so hopefully, we can win at our home field,” Zolck said, while junior Morgan Searle added, “State is our goal this year, and with me pitching, I want to be able to help out with that.”
Wins and losses are not the only defining factors in a sports team, and good team chemistry can help lead to more wins.
“I hope this year we can have a better connection as a team,” senior Demi Kunkel said.
Team chemistry and opportunities to build it can play a crucial factor in the season.
“Since most of us hang out outside of school, we’re a lot more unified, so it definitely makes us a lot closer and more comfortable around each other,” Zolck said.
Friendship can play a major role when trying to get kids to play together.
“My favorite part of this team is being able to go out and play with my friends,” Searle said. “Also, practice, I really enjoy practice.”
Practices offer the opportunity for the team to get better and also to bond on the field.
“When we have down time at practice, that’s when we get to know everyone and start to bond as a whole team,” Kunkel said.
Games are a chance for the players to play against someone other than their teammates.
“I love practice, but I’m ready to get into games, where we can prove ourselves and show everyone what we got,” Kunkel said.
The expectations are high for this team as the season starts.
“This is the largest team Rock Creek has had, and we also have seven returning starters that will help lead us,” Brummett said.
Article by staff member Skyler Forge
Photo courtesy of Heather Weers