The Legacy Christian Academy softball team wrapped its season with its annual Players vs Parents game. The Legacy players rallied in the last inning for a rare win over the parents' team. It was a good time for everyone involved as the LCA girls will hold bragging rights for the next year and was a fitting finale to a season of progress for the team.
The team was able to accomplish several goals throughout the course of the season. They took a solid core of talent and continued to develop and improve throughout the season, leading to a return to the playoffs for the first time in 2 years. Though they ended with a loss to state runner-up Brook Hill Academy, the Lady Eagles fought hard and realized they are closing the gap on some of the top teams in the area.
I had a lot of fun playing softball this season and out of all four years that I have played on this team, I have to say this one was definitely my favorite. The dynamic of the team was awesome and everyone encouraged each other both on and off of the field. I’m so blessed with teammates that continued to pick me up when I made a mistake or pitched a bad game. My favorite memory of the season was definitely the bus rides because we would tell stories and sing songs. I will miss spending time with my team and learning from my coaches. I grew super close to my teammates this season and I will miss them a ton. One important thing my two amazing softball coaches taught me was that my worth goes beyond a position on the field. I am beyond grateful for their wisdom and encouragement. They pour so much time into our program and none of it would be possible without them. Softball practices were what I looked forward to every day and it’s extremely hard to face the fact that it has come to an end. We all had a blast this season and I will cherish the amazing memories that were made forever.
Legacy loses four valuable seniors, including two four-year players in Alex Frye and Avery Thomas. The returning team will be young next year with sole returning senior Lauren Bingham and the rest are freshman and sophomores. Pitching will have to be developed but there are bright prospects in freshman Haley Phillips and Brynn Warren. Hitting should continue to improve led by all-district players Landry Ehmer, Julia Bowers, and district newcomer of the year Kendall Droesch. The girls are a hard-working group. With continued improvement the team should be able to make a push to move up in the district standings.
I am going to miss the rich community that has been built over the years and the tradition of great character. Coach Branch and Coach Z are remarkable in that they not only develop us as athletes, but acknowledge that the life lessons found through playing softball transcend the sport itself, and deeply care about our development as Christian women. The young women that I have had the privilege to play alongside are some of the most respectable ladies around. We know when to work hard, but we also know how to have fun. Some of the memories I’ve made on bus rides alone are unforgettable, from yelling along to Kelly Clarkson, “Since You’ve Been Gone” to the coaches singing along to “Let It Go.” I will never forget how the girls bonded together beyond that of a team, but as a family. Moving forward, I am so glad that I have 16 strong sisters to support me as I go to college. I look forward to coming back and seeing how this program grows!
My favorite memory from this season was when Coach Z was pitching, the team would always make jokes about his bad pitches (in good nature) and he would most always fire back witty comebacks. I remember one time during the season, he found one of our jokes so funny that his laughter immobilized him from being able to pitch. It took a good five minutes before he could stop laughing at the joke enough to actually throw a strike.
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