End of Road for Lady Mavs

Photo By Bianca Loera| Story By Juan Garcia

The Cinderella story has come to an end. The softball team feels bittersweet about their historic run in the playoffs.

“We didn’t end on a good note,” first baseman Elizabeth Rosas said. “But we got farther than anybody who was able to wear the Madison jersey.”

The girls lost against Southwest in the second round of playoffs and only tears swept the field. Tension between the girls seized this year. They knew what had to be done in order to have a successful year.

“We were a lot closer this year,” right fielder Stefanie Fuentes said. “We felt more like a team and it felt nice to be on a good team.”

Seniors were highly motivated to win. They knew it was their last year and all they wanted was to go out with a bang. Underclassmen understood why they were being pushed to their limits and they knew how much advancing in playoffs meant to them.

“I feel really good knowing they understood,” center fielder Olivia Garcia said. “I could tell they cared because they were all crying after we lost.”

The season ended with a devastating defeat that impacted everybody on the team, even the coach. However, the team never emphasized the negatives, but focused on the positives.

“We ended the season on a positive note, even though the games didn’t,” coach Laurie Friensenhahn said. “I had a great time and the girls worked really hard. I would like to thank everyone for their support, it made my job a lot easier.”

This season really put the Madison softball team on the map and made them known as a force to be reckoned with.

“In the halls of Madison High School nobody noticed the softball girls,” Rosas said. “Now we can walk around the school knowing we brought greatness and set the expectations for future generations.”

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