The CHS softball teams leave 2020 with grand-slam seasons

By Madison Bowden

The CHS Lady Warriors’ JV softball team crushed their season with a total of 11 wins and five losses.

The victorious team drove in second place in their JV County Championship on September 19.

We decided to ask Michelle Blankenship, the assistant coach for the JV team, a little about the season.

What are you most proud of this season?

I am proud of how much our JV team accomplished this year. Even with so many unknowns and obstacles this season, our players made the best of the situation and were able to learn and grow,” said Coach Blankenship.

Coach Blankenship

What is your favorite memory from this season?”

Aside from all the player nicknames, my favorite memory was beating Creekview twice this season!

To get more of a player’s point-of-view, we interviewed Emma Pesavento. She plays for JV and plays short stop.

What are you most proud of this season?

I am proud that my hard work paid off this season and I am proud of everyone on the team and how well they played!” said Pesavento.

Emma Pesavento

What is your favorite memory from this season?

My best memories this season came from all the exciting and intense games I got to play in. Also the bus rides were definitely something to remember

Emma Pesavento

The CHS Varsity softball team has also driven in a number of wins. The team had a total of 15 wins this season and they finished their season with region runner – up.

Although the teams were not able to have their annual Strike Out Cancer game, Teacher Appreciation Night, or participate in the the Homecoming parade, the seniors were still able to have their senior night and costume practice.

  • Emma Harlow runs the bases as a blow - up cow for costume practice.
  • The coaching staff dresses up for the team's annual costume practice.
  • Hailey Spoor practices as a blow - up pig for costume practice.
  • Libby Reece runs the bases in the costume practice.
  • Celan Trowers races home in costume practice.
  • Olivia Henley runs the bases for costume practice.
  • Emily Gould races home in costume practice.
  • Haleigh Cianchetti runs the bases for costume practice.
  • Keimarya Rivera and Maddie Schaeffer race around the bases.
  • Elyse Kesho races Anna Kurto around the bases.
  • Emma Worley runs the bases in costume practice.
  • Avery Hefner races around the bases in a onesie in costume practice.
  • Emma Pesavento races home in a blow - up pig costume in practice.
  • Chloe Manders races home as a princess for costume practice.
  • Nikki Brown races home in costume practice.
  • Kenleigh Spence races home in costume practice.
  • Anna Kurto races as a taco in costume practice.
  • Sarah Maloney races around the bases in costume practice.
  • A close race between Cadence Summerlin and Lottie Landmesser.
  • Kaley Crane runs home in costume practice.

Tonya Carlisle is the head coach of the softball program. We also asked her a few questions about the season and how COVID-19 has affected their playing.

What are you most proud of this season?

I am proud of the resiliency the team had this year. With COVID, we had to have a next player up mentality due to the amount of quarantined players we had at any given time. We overcame a lot of adversity to finish as Region Runner – Up. I’m happy that we were able to have a season! ” said Coach Carlisle.

Coach Carlisle

What were the hardest things to overcome during the softball season in light of COVID-19?

I don’t feel like we were able to gel as a team the way we normally do because of all the restrictions with COVID. We only had six games all season that we played with everyone available. It’s hard to mesh as a team on the field when that’s the case. We are fortunate that we have a lot of talented players here at CHS. Other than that, we were able to adapt as needed to finish strong.

Coach Carlisle

Celan Trowers is a sophmore at CHS and plays on the Varsity team. She plays outfield. She was also interviewed about her experiences this season.

What are you most proud of this season?

One thing I am most proud of this year from our softball team is out ability to overcome adversity; whether it was competing against good teams or adapting when players left the team, we found a way to get past it” said Trowers.

Celan Trowers

What is your favorite memory from this season?

My best memory from this season was the costume practice when everybody had fun costumes like inflatable pigs, an astronaut, and an inflatable unicorn. That costume practice was a very fun one!

Celan Trowers

Both teams had terrific seasons. I can’t wait to get back on the field with these talented girls and coaches! I am looking forward to another great season with these girls in 2021.

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