Though the varsity softball team didn’t do so well at their scrimmages, they learned from their mistakes and went on to win both their tournaments and their first district game against Richardson. In their annual Kaitlin Seidel tournament, they won the first four games and only tied the fifth because they ran out of time.
“The scrimmages really taught us how to work together as a new team since we have a few new players, and it brought us closer as friends and prepared us for a harder district his year,” senior Talicia Pena said.
The Kaitlin Seidel tournament is a Pearce tournament in which 20 teams compete in five games each in order to raise money for the Kaitlin Seidel scholarship fund and to raise awarness for the Parent Heart Watch group. The scholarship is given to a senior Pearce player every year, and Parent Heart Watch group is a national organization that seeks to stop sudden cardiac arrest, the same event Kaitlin died from in 2006.
It’s really great feeling to be able to honor Kaitlin and the Seidels every year and to be a part of this amazing tournament,” senior Anna Connolly said.
The team’s regular season consisted of two tournaments, the Forney and Kaitlin Seidel, and two regular games against Highland Park and Royse City. Forney was their first tournament of the year, and they ended it by winning three of their five games.
“Overall, we did very well, and it helped prepare us for the district season because we saw our strengths and weakness and worked on them in practices,” senior Vivian Taylor said.
Their first district game was a home game against Richardson on Feb. 28, and they ended up destroying Richardson, winning 15 to 0. Since they got to this score by the third inning, the “mercy rule” was imposed, which means Richardson had no chance of winning and Pearce was declared the winner.
“I think it went really well, and I’m excited to see where it goes because it was a great start to the district season,” senior Raina Scoggins said.
The next game will be a home game against W.T. White on March 21. Team members encourage everyone to come out and watch as Pearce varsity softball takes on yet another team on their quest for district success.