Ranch reflections – senior night memorable during unforgettable season

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LRHS seniors (l to r) Emily Hughes, Maddie Koczersut, Abby Misiura, Kayla Howald, Alexis Schwab, Madison Schaefer are starting their final season.

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 an LRHS softball player’s thoughts on senior night.

Madison Koczersut– Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The 2019 Lakewood Ranch Mustang softball senior night saw the Mustangs win 7-1 over Lake Region 7-1.

The softball team is still nationally ranked number one and are now 26-0. The girls have a big plan and end of season ahead of them.

The softball team keeps a stop light in their dugout. When they are on hitting, they switch the light to green as a reminder to “play green”. This means to be aggressive with what you are doing and to know the game. When they are in the field, they switch the light to red. This is as a reminder to stop the other team from scoring or getting on. Play green is the girls saying this year.

Every year the Mustangs have gotten one step closer to becoming the first state champions in manatee county history. The girls back in 2017 made it to regional finals where they had lost 1-0 against Plant City.

In 2018 they had a comeback against Plant City in the regional finals as well and won 9-2, advancing to the state’s final four. The girls lost to Oakleaf High School 1-0, knocking them down to fourth place.

They plan on making it one step further this year by “playing green” it will be hard to stop them.

This is crazy to think it’s one of my last regular season games, let alone one of my last high school games. We still have a long ride ahead of us, but I think it’s just now hitting all of us that it will be coming to an end soon. I’m honestly not nervous about the outcome because no matter what happens we all believe in each other and have enough trust for one another.

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