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Allied softball always has fun while teaching teamwork

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Junior Drew Benden catches a pitch in the Allied softball season opener as coach Sandy Young cheers him on from the sideline.

Junior Drew Benden catches a pitch in the Allied softball season opener as coach Sandy Young cheers him on from the sideline.

Reggie Spears

Reggie Spears

Junior Drew Benden catches a pitch in the Allied softball season opener as coach Sandy Young cheers him on from the sideline.

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Allied softball had a phenomenal season this year, ending with a solid record of 3-4. Although the Wolverines had a tough start to the season, they finished strongly with three wins in a row.

Despite their first game loss, 5-21, against the Clarksburg Coyotes, they ended the year on a positive note in the last game against Seneca Valley High School, making the Screamin’ Eagles fly away with a score of 18-7.

While the season went extremely well for the Wolverines overall, there were a couple of obstacles for new players. But “[the students] were able to figure it out and work together as a team,” special education teacher and coach Kelly Stief said.

Along with Stief, history teacher Sandy Young also coaches Allied softball. What Young liked most about this season was “the way [her] players [grew] as a team.”

The boys and girls had a wonderful time playing on the team this season, especially sophomore Maria Fuentes. Fuentes likes playing softball because “You get active, you go outside, [and] you can catch, hit, or throw the ball,” Fuentes said. “Sports make you active and you getting exercise is a lot of fun.”

Freshman Nate Yeboah also had an amazing season. “I liked to play with my friends. It was a lot of fun travelling to different [schools] and playing against teams; I even got to see some old friends,” Yeboah said.

This season, “[the team] had a lot more players, a lot more students were recruited, [the team] had students from various grade levels and also our students were learning better on the rules of the game and were able to make better plays,” Stief said.

Sophomore Mason Pizer enjoyed playing Allied softball this year.  His favorite part was “being with my friends and pitching,” Pizer said. Pizer looks forwards to pitching again for next season.

Young would like to tell her players the most important thing is to make sure they “Have fun! No matter what the scoreboard says, have fun.”

Steif said that one of the best parts of the season was the parent involvement. “Even at away games, sometimes we had more parents than the other schools so it showed how involved the parents were and how much they cared about their student’s success,” Steif added.

“I love my team and they are the best,” Fuentes said. “I want them to keep working hard and keep practicing more… until we go to championships.”

“Our season was really good.  We won two more games than we did last year, and the kids had fun.  That’s what matters most,” Young said.

“They really tried hard no matter what the score was, they did not give up,” Stief added.  “They learned the skills, and how to be part of a team.”

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