by Katelyn Washburn and EagleTalk staff
WHS Senior softball players played their last home game Tuesday, September 11 against the Ryan Cowgirls. While the game ended in a loss for the Lady Eagles, the team still celebrated by recognizing its four senior players: Destiny Barnes, Madison Christian, Olivia Ralls, and Madison Roberson.
Barnes has played softball for WHS since she was a freshman, and has mixed emotions about the season coming to an end. “I am happy it is our last home game and upset we lost. I’m kind of sad that it is over.” Christian agreed, stating “I’m happy that it was the last home game, but sad we lost, and [the season] is almost over. The game didn’t go as well as we wanted.”
As is true with most events during a senior year, senior Lady Eagles girls had mixed emotions about the season wrapping up. Olivia Ralls was also happy that it was their last home game, but added, “I’m sad knowing that I will never be able to play again.”
Madison Roberson summed it up best, saying, “It was sad, but a good night. We may have lost, but we all were in high spirits and that’s really all that matters to me in softball.”
Head softball coach Sloan Roberson spoke fondly of the four Lady Eagles who will be leaving WHS after this school year. “Our last home game was awesome,” Coach Roberson stated. “We honored four seniors for their hard work and dedication during their years of softball.”
Two of the seniors, Madison Roberson and Destiny Barnes, were career Lady Eagles. “Madison Roberson was a 4 year starter for the Lady Eagles and a huge asset to the team. She held pitcher, catcher 3rd base, 2nd base and short stop duties throughout her career. She also had the one of the highest batting averages on the team for each of the four years.
Destiny Barnes was also a 4 year starter for the Lady Eagles. She was a huge asset on the mound. She was penned the name ‘Hoover’ for her amazing skills at 3rds base as well,” Coach Roberson stated.
Roberson also spoke well of the two seniors who came to WHS in the middle of their high school softball careers.
“Madison Christian played for the Lady Eagles for 3 years. She was always there to root for her teammates and did anything and played any position she was asked. She was an amazing center fielder and was always there with a positive attitude.
“Olivia Ralls was a 2 year Lady Eagle softball player. She came to us from Texas and was always willing to give 110% every time she stepped on the field. We will miss her enthusiasm and team spirit”