Softball Makes a Return to VCHS This Year

This story was first published in the print VCHS Talon on April 21, 2021.

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Sophomore Emerson Meggers waits for the next pitch during the softball teams season opener at home against Leroy Green Academy on March 26, 2021.

Spring sports are starting up again, which is the beginning of the baseball, track, volleyball, and the softball season.

Last year, due to the pandemic, softball was cancelled alongside other spring sports. 

“The spring season sports never got to play last year, so it’s nice to have them playing again,” VCHS History teacher and softball coach Mr. Steve Jacobs said.

Of course with the return of softball comes with its own Covid-19 rules to keep the players safe.

“When we’re in the dugout we have to wear masks, and we sanitize all the balls and gloves after practice,” Mr. Jacobs said.

The first game of the season happened on March 26 when the Falcons took on Leroy Green Academy at home. The young Falcon team lost this game 16-3.

The softball team then played Woodland Christian away on April 13, and fell short 16-6. Their 3rd games, also against Woodland Christian was April 15 at home. The game also ended with a Falcon loss.

Softball teams put of nine players on the field; this year there are fourteen members of the Falcon softball team: Cali Webb, Macy Webb, Jolee Langill, Jaylah Protho, Kelsey Trumble, Kalei Yamato, Mackenzie Smith, Ainsley Smith, Paige Prentice, Meagen Duarte, Laura Everett, Emerson Meggers, Shelby Simmons, and Kyra Williams. 

“I wanted to join softball this year to try something new that would be fun and I could do with my friends,” senior Mackenzie Smith said. “This is my first time softball, but I grew up watching it.”

“I wanted to try something new, and softball opened up as a sport suitable to the red tier for coronavirus cases,” junior Laura Everett said. “I played on a recreational team when I was very young, aside from that I have not played. I am typically assigned to first base and outfield.”

What do the fans think about this young team?

“The team is looking good, but they have a long way to go,” senior Sean Tracy said who attended the first game of the season.