LSH Breakers Softball Starts With High Expectations
The Breakers of Loyola came into the year with big expectations, after returning a quality core of young players, and adding to their pitching depth.
"We have a lot of pressure, because last year we were good at the beginning but we slowed down at the end. We're really hoping to make it to state this year, and have a good run at placing or even winning," says returning sophomore pitcher Hannah Hirning.
"My freshman year we got second at state, and then sophomore year we only won three games the whole season. So now we've been rebuilding and trying to get back to where we were my freshman year. I think if not this year, definitely next year the team will be at that level," says senior utility player Katya Hall.
While the pitching is the first thing you notice with the Breakers, as they are fortunate enough to have two number one starting pitchers, after scoring a combined 46 runs in two games yesterday, the offense looks well on its way.
"I feel like we have a really well-rounded lineup. We have good speed, good hitters, good contact hitters, and I think you need them all to get some runs on the board," says junior pitcher Mayaka Resner.
"We're going to look forward to Skylar Hollenback getting on base, and with her speed pressing a bit and making some people make mistakes on the base-path. We don't look very big, but we've got some girls who can hit the ball pretty hard, so we should be able to drive in a few runs," says LSH head coach Troy Waters.
But for the Breakers, it's about more than having talent, which is important in getting enough players to field a team.
"I think softball is really fun, and we're pretty good this year and we were good last year, so I think a lot of girls want to be on a team that will win and be successful. It's just a fun time," says Hirning.
Fun is something every player mentions, and they quickly bring up 'Cake Fridays'
"Every Friday, some girl brings in a cake to share with the team. I've never done it before, but I sure like it, it's fun. It gives us time to separate from softball and just have fun as a team," says Resner.
"Our biggest success, and our biggest weakness is having fun. Because we can get to the point where we're having so much fun that we're not really practicing. But at the same time, on Fridays when we have Cake Friday, we work extra hard so that when we get to that cake, it's so good," adds Hall.