By Valerie Scott
Midwest City Beacon
The Midwest City softball team welcomes several new players and coaches to the team this year.
One of those new faces is assistant coach Shawver Rogers who described herself as a “Mid-Del kid.” She said that with so many new players this season their team focus is to hustle and rebuild.
“We hope to see lots of hustle and a lot of heart,” Rogers said. “This is a year to rebuild for us. We know that if the girls come out and they go hard then the wins will fall in place.”
The Lady Bombers have a large group of incoming freshmen who are eager to step up.
“It’s just getting them in, feeling confident and getting them used to the high school speed of the game,” Rogers said. “Some of them will go straight into starting positions. Most of our team is made of freshmen and sophomores so we’re really focusing on building that team comradery.”
Leading the team will be senior Nayani Brown. She’s been playing softball since she was four years old. Brown is a member of the track and cheerleading teams and plays travel ball in the summer.
“Hitting is definitely my favorite part. I am currently trying to get a scholarship for softball,” said Brown. “My advice to new members would be to keep your head up, we won’t win every game but if we go in looking and thinking like winners then we’ll have a better chance of winning all our games.”
Rene Torres is the head coach for Midwest City as well as retired military. He has been coaching softball and baseball for over 30 years.
“I really enjoy the game, but what I love is seeing the progress from the girls in the game and as young ladies. I also teach a 12 and under team that will be competing at nationals in Mustang,” said Torres. “It’s rewarding to see when they go off to graduate and go become something.”
Midwest City opens its season Aug. 8 at North Rock Creek, before hosting Mustang in the district opener on Aug. 9.