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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 19, 2014

Highland loses to Regina as 2013 season ends

By Xiomara Levsen | Jul 16, 2013
Senior Paige Weiland throws the ball infield during a game in June. Last night was the last game Weiland would play as a Husky.

The Highland Huskies lost their game against Regina last night, ending their season.
“It was a huge disappointment and heartbreaking to our team,” Highland head softball coach Carrie Weiland said. “We just let Regina stay in the game longer than they should have.”
During the seventh inning Highland and Regina were tied and there was still some hope that Highland would be able to pull off the win, Weiland said. However, Regina was able to score  two runs in the eighth inning, bringing  the game to a close with the final score being 4 – 3.
Weiland said there was one thing the team could have done better.
“I don’t think we put the ball in play like we should have,” Weiland said. “We had six hits and Regina had four hits, but their hits came at the right time.”
Despite not putting the ball into play when needed, Weiland said the team still played well defensively. There were no defensive errors from Highland.
Last night was especially heartbreaking for the two seniors, Paige Weiland and Kassie Vazquez. Carrie said filling the seniors’ shoes next year would be hard.
She also said her daughter Paige, took the loss very hard.
“It’s hard being a mother and the coach at the same time,” Weiland said. “Paige wanted vindication for all the hard work she’s done. I reminded her last night about how she gets to go on and play in college. She will also be playing in the senior all-star game on July 29 in Waukee.”
After the loss Weiland told her team something.
“I told them how proud of them I was,” she said. “We had a great season which far exceeded our expectations.”
Weiland wants the team to remember a couple of things in the offseason, too.
“I want them to pick up the leadership role on and off the field,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of life lessons this year and can learn from those.”
Weiland’s hopes for next year are to continue building the team’s speed running bases and to apply what the girls learn from other sports to their softball game, too.
Highland ends their season with a record of 32 - 4.

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