The Forest City High School varsity softball team has started this year's season and seniors expect it to be a good year for the team.
Seniors Cora Holland and Natalie Moore have been on the team all five years since eighth grade and said the team goal this year is to keep building on itself.
“Since we do have a new coach this time, [we need to] rebuild the program and just keep heading upward overall,” Holland said. “I mean, a winning season would always be nice.”
Both Holland, a catcher, and Moore, a pitcher, agreed they would like to have more knowledge of what pitches to expect or throw and what to do in certain situations of a game.
According to Holland, the team needs to work on consistency the most in its games.
“We’ll have really good games or innings where we’re up or on top of it and we’re hitting well, then we’ll have other games or innings where we get into a slump,” she said. “So I think if we stay consistent throughout, we’ll do really well this season and in future years.”
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Holland said they would achieve better consistency through building the program, starting with the basics and working with the newer and younger girls so they already know what they’re doing when they enter the junior varsity and varsity levels.
Moore said their biggest challenge this year was starting off strong.
“We definitely start off slow and then we finish with a strong finish, but we’ve got to keep that strong teamwork together through the whole game,” she said.
Holland said she expects the team to do well this season and either an even win-loss record or be up with their wins.
“We do play some tough teams in our conference – we’ve got North Union [High School], Central Springs [High School], and then we play Charles City [High School] as a random game and they’re really good,” she said. “So I think overall we’ll do pretty well.”