Victoria, Texas - After a seven year playoff drought, West softball's back in the postseason. With a 10-3 win over East last Thursday, the Warriors set the stage for a first round game against Flour Bluff,
Two thousand, five hundred and forty six days. That's the amount of time that's elapsed since West softball last tasted the postseason. The difference this year, according to head coach John White, starts with his seniors.
"They came in with more of a teaching mindset and took everyone in. And made it about more, more than themselves and more than they're senior year."
Many of those seniors, such as catcher Brooklyn Parsons, were just eleven years old the last time the Warriors found themselves in this position. Having endured the lowest lows, Parsons made it plenty clear -- over a game of catch, no less -- just how much this season has meant.
"We've been working so hard, some of us for the past thirteen years of our lives to get to this moment. And the fact that we were able to come together so much this year and accomplish our goal is just incredible."
Starting pitcher Clara Zappe is another Warrior that's been through it all. The senior will be the one tasked with dethroning the top-seeded Hornets, a feat she knows won't come easily. But Zappe believes team solidarity is on their side.
"We all want the same thing, we all want the same goals. And when everyone's on the same page it's a lot easier to reach those goals. "
The team's long road back tothe playoffs has another slant, one with some serious stakes for their leader. In addition to seizing the April spotlight, this Warriors group is dead-set on cashing in a high-leverage preseason bet.
West softball loses its Bi-District game to Flour Bluff, 11-2.