Wednesday, October 4, the New Haven School District hosted the 2017 district softball tournament. New Haven played Community at 6:00 P.M, following the Silex vs. Wellsville game. Community took the lead in the first 2 innings with a score of 2-1, but New Haven did not give up. They hit the field and made the plays. Through the wind and rain, our New Haven softball team won 17-4-- advancing them to the 4:00 P.M. game the next day.
The next night, Thursday, the New Haven softball team was up against Clopton. The score may have ended 11-1 in Clopton’s favor, but New Haven never gave up in this game.
“We did our best and that is what's important,” Maddie Langenberg, freshman, stated.
“Our first game in districts went really well. We all played really well. The second game was tough, but I am very proud of all the girls for the whole season,” junior Olivia Williams said.
“It was definitely a better season than the last couple years, but there is still room for improvement,” senior Emily Scheer commented.
New Haven won 9 games this season, which is 3 more than last year. Teams were beaten that New Haven had not defeated in over 6 years. They worked as a team, and it showed. According to the girls, they had a great season with plenty of memories.
“I don't really have a favorite memory because I made so many,” Hannah Borcherding, freshman, commented.
Some memories that were favorites were during some less-than-normal circumstances. Whether it be Meagan Holtmeyer tripping on her own feet around the bases or falling over fences, or Sarah falling on her face in practice, each memory has a story. Each story starts with a great team, and a great team starts with a leader… or 3.
The New Haven softball team bids farewell to 3 seniors following the conclusion of this season: Liz Hughes, Emily Scheer, and Sarah McKernan. These 3 talented players have brought a spark to the team for the last 4 years.
When asked what these girls would like the underclassmen to remember, here is what they had to say:
"Remember the little girl inside of you that started playing softball, and play for her. Go out to every game and practice looking to have fun and then play to win. Then you will always have a happy memory of your time in high school sports," Liz Hughes, senior, stated.
Emily Scheer added, “I've made some great friendships, some awesome memories, and learned a lot about myself, the game, and my teammates.”
"‘Dream until your dreams come true’-- I've always gone by this quote because my dream was to become the high school varsity pitcher, so I worked hard every week, and my junior year, that came true. I love that I can reflect back on my last 2 years of high school and see how much work I put into my favorite sport and see that my dream did come true of becoming the high school varsity pitcher,” Sarah McKernan said.
When reflecting back on Senior Night, seniors were asked how it went and what it means.
“Senior Night went just as I expected. I loved the gifts everybody got us. It really hit me that softball season is over, and soon I will never play a real game on that field again. My favorite gift, even if it was the simplest, was the jar of dirt my mom got me with a note attached about how I've put my blood, sweat, and tears into this game, which is honestly the truth. I was hoping I wouldn't cry, but by the end of that note, I was,” Sarah Mckernan said.
“Senior Night was bittersweet. It's heartbreaking to know that you just played your last regular season home game ever. The ending team result of this season was the best we have had during my four years of playing. Knowing that it's over hurts, but I'm grateful for all the teammates I got close to and the memories we made,” Emily Scheer shared.
These 3 girls have been a great addition to the team. Each one of them has brought a special spark that will be missed. As the saying goes-- Once a Shamrock, always a Shamrock. Seniors, you will be missed.