Positivity takes team to state


Tommy Peercy

Senior Sara McCormick goes up to bat against El Reno during Regionals.

Out with the old and in with the new. Fortunately, senior Autumn Parker feels that is what the softball team needed to improve.

“We were stronger in almost every part of the team,” Parker said about this year’s team.

In past years, the focus of the team was more on upperclassmen, but this year they spread the focus on to the underclassmen as well. Parker said the focus spreading made the team closer than they had been in previous seasons.

“Honestly, I would say this season was better because we got along better as a team,” senior Sara McCormick said. “That helped us to play better and have a better season.”

The team started practicing and preparing for the season in early June, where they had practice games with the upcoming freshmen all throughout that month. They took a break from the team practices during most of July up until the last week when practice resumed. The regular season games started around the beginning of August. Parker said all the practices helped them improve from last season.

“Last year we just kind of gave up once we were losing,” sophomore Stephanie Wainscott said, “but this year we actually kept going until the game was over.”

Instead of giving up and having a bad attitude when they lost a game, they stayed positive. According to McCormick and Parker, they were confident in their team.

“We knew we could count on each other because everyone that was out there wanted to be [there],” Parker said. “And they wanted to see results.”

This season the team had two games that stood out to Wainscott. Those being the game against Lawton Mac that gave them the opportunity to host Regionals, and the game they won against El Reno that took the team to State The team took first place at Regionals, thus seeing the results they wanted to see. At State, they didn’t place because they lost their first game. They’re confident that they will do better next season and go to State again next year.

Ending the season with a total of 31 wins and 7 losses, McCormick said this season was one of the better seasons they’ve had.