CF Softball had one of their best seasons yet, despite their short run in states. They became Conference Champions for the first time is school history. They had a spectacular record of 53-9.
Right after the loss against Chipola, CF had to face TCC again. CF had to face many obstacles: Lindsay O’Steen, 1st baseman, got injured the first time CF played TCC while sliding into the catcher, and CF’s catcher, Kylie Holton got injured in warmups before the elimination game against TCC.
CF had limited time right before the TCC game to figure out their updated lineup after Holton’s injury, putting pressure on the team instantly. On top of the injuries CF softball’s beloved assistant coach, Coach Dick, had to be rushed to the hospital right before the TCC game.
“Hearing about your assistant coach and a teammate getting injured makes it really hard to have the right mindset you need going into a game that big,” Smith said. “That is something we haven’t experienced before.”
As for the freshman on the team this experience is something they will be able to learn from. It makes their skin tougher and gives them an idea of what they need to focus on and work on next year.
“I think we need to set our focus on smaller goals, and take each game one at a time,” CF Freshman pitcher, Morgan Matthews. “I think sometimes we got ahead of ourselves this year.”
CF has a number of sophomore graduating, but has a strong freshman group returning with a strong group of recruits coming in.
CF arrived at Vero Beach ready to clean house taking two victories the first day they were at states against Tallahassee Community College (TCC) 7-2, and Polk State 8-2. It was the second day of states where it all went downhill.
CF had to face nationally ranked team Chipola in the third round. With some game changing calls from the umpires and a couple of untimely errors from CF they came short losing 5-3 putting them in the loser bracket.
“I feel as though we set expectations,” said CF Sophomore pitcher, Autumn Hanners. “We had an over 50 win season, we won conference, and we got Coach Fagan 100 wins.”
The win over TCC was the win that gave 2nd year head coach, Kevin Fagan, his 100th win. Even though CF softball did not make it out of the states tournament they left a huge mark on the program with two huge milestones.
“We had too much pressure on us; so many bad things happened the day we lost that we couldn’t control,” said CF Sophomore outfielder, Jess Smith. “Everything happens for a reason.”
By: Sarah Heimbach