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Huskies begin regionals tonight

By Xiomara Levsen | Jul 10, 2013
Pictured above is the Highland varsity softball team. They ended their conference undefeated 18 to 0. Tonight they play their first regional game against the Eldon Cardinal team. The game begins at 7 p.m. at Highland High School.

Last week the Highland softball team finished its season winning all 18 games in their conference, which was a first for the team.

Tonight the team will begin playing in the regional tournament against Eldon’s Cardinal.

This will be the first game for the girls since last Friday, said Highland head softball coach Carrie Weiland.

“We’re all pretty excited,” Weiland said. “This is an opportunity for us to go big and far in the tournament.”

She hopes the girls come out ready to play right away but realizes it could take a couple of innings for them to get back into playing mode. Weiland has kept the focus on the same thing all season long.

“I’m not focusing on any other team but our team,” she said. “We don’t go by what the other teams statistics are or our statistics.”

The line up will be the same it has been all season, Weiland said. Courtnee Hahn will be behind the plate as catcher and Katie Jo Springer will return to the mound to pitch.

“If it ain’t broke then don’t fix it,” she said. “We’ve been doing well with the line up we’ve had all season so why change it?”

Weiland knows this season has been a great season for the team. She credits her players for that.

“It’s the way the girls play together as a team that got them to where they are now,” Weiland said. “They’ve maintained their composure throughout the season.”

A couple of things the team has done well are play defense, run the bases and batting Weiland said.

“We have played incredible defense,” Weiland said. “The girls have also gained speed running the bases this year and are very fast. With our batting we don’t have a weak spot in the line up.”

Another thing that has helped the team throughout the season are the fans, Weiland said.

“We have the best fan support around,” she said.

It’s not uncommon for Highland’s softball team to have more fans in the stands than the home team, when they’re playing away games, Weiland said. She expects this to continue throughout the regional tournament and on to state if they go.

Before the girls step on to the softball field tonight Wieland will tell her players one thing.

“I tell them to have fun,” she said.

If Highland wins tonight they will continue to play in the regional tournament on Friday night at 7 p.m.

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