softball team 2019
The 2019 Mustangs are ranked both nationally and in the state.

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 a “Mustang Ahead” staff member’s thoughts about the Mustangs’ softball success.

Madison Koczersut – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The Lakewood Ranch high school softball team is ranked number 1 in the state and are nationally ranked number 2. We are on a 16 game-win streak.

I can say for myself as a senior on the team that I have never been in this position and it is a very cool experience. Our team has never been undefeated for this long.

Being ranked first in the state is one thing but being nationally ranked is another. I am very excited for post-season and hope to bring home a state softball championship ring for the first time in Manatee County and school history.

Mustangs head coach, TJ Goelz said the Mustangs are aware of their national reputation.

“We don’t sit there and not talk about rankings – it’s cool, I mean how many times does that happen,” Goelz said. “We’re relevant. Rankings are fun, they’ll continue to be fun and I think that we’ll continue to be a top ten nationally ranked team if we continue to do what we’re doing over the next two years.”

I couldn’t agree more with coach TJ. We play two good teams this upcoming weekend and I’m excited to play top competition. These games will get us ready for post-season, but we are focusing on one game at a time.

The wins would be cool this weekend and so on, but what really matters is what happens post-season. We all work very hard and well together, and I believe if we all want it, we can get it. Winning states would be a once-in-a-lifetime thing we will all remember forever.

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