Optimistic and frustrating – that’s how players describe the Mesa High softball season.
The Jackrabbits are 1-8 and the team is last in its division. The season has been a let down, but players seem to be optimistic.
“It has been very frustrating,” said junior first baseman Brianna Vasquez. “I personally try not to pay attention to our record. Yeah, it’s not the greatest but I feel like we can make a comeback. Especially with today’s win.”
The Jackrabbits took on the Tolleson Wolverines Friday and won 8-4.
Catcher Skylar Arellano hit a two-run home run.
“This is a great group of young women that love to play the game,” said Arellano. “We have had our hardships with some of the tougher teams but we always play our hardest no matter what. We are always smiling and laughing and that’s what is making our season great until the last out.”
The Jackrabbits are not going to let their record bring them down.
“I’m really content with the progress that we’ve made since the beginning of the season,” said senior third baseman Arianna Velasquez. “Our coaches make changes based on how much it will make the team better overall and I think that has helped us improve in so many ways. I feel like we have tremendous potential as individuals and even more as a team. We will have a great season ahead of us. I’m very optimistic for the rest of the season.”
The Jackrabbits have a strong bond.
The Jackrabbits have allowed more than 120 runs through nine games and have only scored 23 themselves.
The team’s combined ERA exceeds 12.00 and the batting average is .107.
They take on powerhouse Red Mountain Friday.
Nick Ramirez is a journalism student at the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and wrote the article as a class assignment.