With strong leaders, varsity girls softball took a season of learning and turned it into a season of success.

Photo courtesy of LRHS Yearbook

Lakeland Varsity Softball: Training the Future Seasons

June 10, 2019

The Lakeland girls varsity softball team had a strong season this year. The main goal of the team wasn’t about wins and major competitions, but building up their main roster.

In the beginning of the season, the team knew that they had to work on building their young team. This translated to the leaders of the team coming up with their main goal of the captains, upperclassmen and coaches helping train all the underclassmen that have come up to play. The team helped the underclassmen prepare for the high competition of the division, and helped them adjust and learn parts of the game they had never really experienced before.

In the beginning of the the season, the team focused not on the wins, but correcting the errors and making adjustments that the team saw they needed to address.  This mindset led them to playing competitively during the season and ultimately helping the team get wins.

Photo courtesy of LRHS Yearbook
The seniors, pictured here, helped lead the underclassmen new to varsity. (Vanorden  -second from right)

“The overall season was a learning experience for everyone,” Taylor Vanorden, senior and one of the varsity softball captains, told The Ledger. “Whether the player was a freshman, senior, or in between, we were all able to take away beneficial knowledge about softball and life. We were able to grow closer as a team throughout the season, despite the apparent grade gap that the team consisted of.”

With teamwork and leadership leading them to ultimately having a good season, girls varsity softball walked away with a successful season. The strong leadership also set the team up for next season – when the seniors ultimately graduate from Lakeland, the underclassmen can step up to take their places and lead the underclassmen as they were led.

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