• Tatum Bardash

Softball senior’s last hurrah

Photo Credit: Maggie Van Fleet

On Mon. April 30, the varsity softball team faced Olentangy at home for Senior Night after playing them once earlier in the season. The team unfortunately lost 6-1 against the Braves, but they put up a fight until the final inning.

This game was senior Brenna Oliver and Brenna O’Reilly’s last chance to play against one of the team’s rivals. After previously losing to Olentangy with a score of 4-1, the seniors were hoping to get the chance to beat the Braves one last time in their high school career.

“I wanted to beat Olentangy after losing to them previously because they are our rival team and since it’s my last year, I wanted to come back and beat them one last time,” Oliver said.

Alli Rubal led the home team with two hits and Riley Jestadt helped the team score a run by driving Alli in from third. Olentangy’s pitcher, Brynn Kibler, kept the Pioneers to six hits and only one run total.

“It was important that I played my best because it was critical to me that we came out on top and I wanted to play the best I could for my teammates,” Oliver said.

The seniors were then celebrated after the game as they took their last walk around the base path and they were joined by their family and friends. At each base, the seniors received a different gift from each player of the different classes.

“I’ve loved playing with this team and program. There is always room to improve and I can’t wait to see what comes next in our lives,” O’Reilly said.

After the seniors received their gifts and were recognized for their athletic and academic achievements, cake was served to spectators and the softball players. Overall, the celebration gave the team a chance to acknowledge the seniors for their contribution over their four years of playing for the softball team.

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