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WEB EXTRA VIDEO: A special varsity softball season 8 years in the making

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The Holy Trinity Catholic Lady Crusaders are taking the field for the first time at the varsity level since 2012.

It comes at a time where much of the sports world is at a standstill because of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Softball head coach Loren Menke says he's familiar with many of the players on the team because he's coached them for most of their athletic careers.

"Most of those girls on the team we've been coaching since tee-ball," Menke said. "Probably out of the 13 girls, 10 of them I have a lot of familiarity with."

The familiarity among the players is also strong too.

"I have known a lot of players on the team since Kindergarten," freshman infielder Brooke Mueller said. "They're all in my class so we've kinda grown up together playing softball together."

For years Holy Trinity Catholic couldn't field a team because they didn't have the numbers.

However, because of players like Mueller and fellow freshman Mary Hellige's continued interest in the sport, they were finally able to field a varsity team.

They are one of the youngest squads in the conference with no seniors, two juniors, four sophomores, and seven freshmen.

Nevertheless, because the high school softball season comes amidst the coronavirus pandemic, there are several safety guidelines the team must abide by.

During games, players, and fans are asked to maintain social distancing. Players check their temperature before games and practice. Players must keep their equipment six feet apart during practice. At the conclusion of games, instead of teams lining up and shaking hands, they wave from the dugout.

While the pandemic has caused this season to be shortened to only 12 games, Menke, Mueller, and all the players on this year's squad hope they are laying the foundation for something which will hopefully last for years to come.

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Richard Denson

Richard Denson is a Multimedia Sports Journalist/Sports Radio Co-Host for WGEM Sports.

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