High hopes for softball season starts with scrimmage on Saturday


photo or infographic by Stephanie Keele

READY TO PLAY. Waiting on 2nd base, junior Hannah Hartman plays in a fun Christmas-themed scrimmage combining the baseball and softball teams. The softball team starts the 2022 season off Saturday with a scrimmage in Waller.

Teamwork. Chemistry. Practice. Excitement. Gametime.

Softball season is finally here and the players on the team could not be more excited. The Willis Varsity Softball team is back on the field this Saturday for their first scrimmage after a successful run last season. 

The Ladykats have their first scrimmage this weekend against Klein Collins and Waller at Waller High School this Saturday. 

“I am feeling very excited going into our first scrimmage this weekend,” junior Lindsey Hues said. ¨I am ready to get back on the field and build off of what we accomplished last season.”

Last year the Ladykats beat Waller but had a tough loss to Klein Collins so they are hoping to come back this year. 

“I think the first scrimmage of the season will be tough to get through just because it is our first game of the year,¨ freshmen Sydney Prihoda said. ¨The weather is not going to help either with it being in the thirties when we play.” 

The varsity team has 10 returning players so the chemistry is already there. 

“I think our team is going to play pretty well this weekend because we pretty much have the same team as last year,” Hues said. “We only have 2 new people so we already have team chemistry.” 

Team bonding is a key part to their success and will be implemented a lot this year. 

“I think the team is going to work great together this weekend because we all know each other and push one another to compete,” junior Hannah Hartman said. “We all love the game too.  We’re here because we love softball and know how to work together as teammates to win.”

The team practices every day for two to three hours to prepare for Saturday. 

“I will be preparing for the game by practicing in and out of school,” Prihoda said. “I will also make sure to get a good night’s sleep Friday night. 

All of the players put in the extra work to get better every day. 

“I’m preparing by practicing in school and going to lessons outside of school throughout the week,” Hartman said. “I go to hitting, fielding and catching lessons.”