Softball Staying Ready but Safe


Courtesy of Riley Jenkins

UC High softball poses for a picture after a practice.

Ghada Atalla, Staff Writer

By Ghada Atalla

Staff Writer

   The UC High Softball Team is currently preparing for a competitive season despite COVID-19 related difficulties.

   “COVID-19 has affected our team greatly. We had a really strong dynamic within the team. We were really excited to try and go far in CIF before our season was cut short,” said Senior Outfielder Riley Torgeson. Torgeson described the strong bond the team had: “Everyone was a team player and got along really well which made playing together easy and fun. We really had a good thing going.”

   The team follows health and safety guidelines to ensure the safety of their fellow teammates. “We have been safe and have socially distanced ourselves to not potentially jeopardize other people’s health,” said Junior Third Baseman Carlotta Gonzalez. “The nature of softball has players fairly distanced already so we’re able to have in person practices as long as we’re wearing masks,” said Senior Shortstop Kayla Parco, who captains the team along with the other seniors. 

     “The League is challenging this year. We plan to practice everyday and try to improve everytime we step on the field. A personal goal of mine is to have good quality batting skills and to be a positive person that my teammates can always come to,” said Junior First Baseman Riley Jenkins.

   “Our goals for this year are the same as last year, to go all the way to the CIF Championship game,” said Torgeson. 

   “This season, I want to enjoy my last season with the girls I have been playing with for the last four years and hopefully playing far into the CIF,” said Parco.

   Torgeson said, “Softball is important to me, because I absolutely love playing, and I have also met some of my best friends through the sport.” Jenkins, speaking about her love for the game, said, “I have been playing softball for twelve years, and I want to continue to play in college. It is really an amazing sport.” 

   Gonzalez added that beyond the close team dynamic, she has learned how to be a better person and other important life lessons from the game.

   “Everyone on the team contributes in some way. Whether it’s hitting, fielding, pitching or even cheering, by just being there for the players, everyone contributes,” said Jenkins. 

   “My favorite part about practices are the fun memories that are made with all of my teammates. We have the best time listening to music and having a blast out on the field doing what we love. I am excited for the team to come together. We will be a strong group of girls that work really well together. Last year, we started out very strong and I feel that we will stay strong through the season, even with the challenges in the League,” said Jenkins.