Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features sophomore’s Rachel Monroe’s first home run for the school’s top-ranked softball team.

Rachel Monroe – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- My team erupted in applause as I crossed home plate.  I remember every step around the bases…after all, I’d just hit my first varsity home run as an LRHS Mustang.

When I was on deck I was thinking “base hit” and waiting for the right pitch to hit. It was Monday evening, an away game at North Port High School in the third inning that I was up to bat with two outs and runners on first and second. The pitcher threw it right down the middle, with the perfect timing I waited back and crushed the ball. My batting average for the season as of now is .750.

It was a surreal experience and memorable moment as my first year on varsity. The final score of the game was 14-1. This now makes our record 10-1. I’m so lucky to be a part of this team and I am looking forward to making more memories with them.

Madison Kozcersut assisted with this story.

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