By Mariahrose Manell
Cougar News Blog
This year Cactus Canyon had a huge turnout at softball tryouts. Over 40 girls with dreams for making the cuts tried out.
Aug. 12 was the beginning of the first tryouts and the team was announced Aug. 19. Some of the tryout drills were about practicing with one another and making good throws as well as sticking as a team.
“Softball is what I do, I’ve been playing it for such a long time its like second nature for me,” said eighth-grade catcher Audrey Powell. “ I just went out there and showed Coach Bill and Gadberry what I do best.”
Coaches encourage those that didn’t make the team to continue trying out next year. Seventh graders will have another chance to make the Cougar squad, while eighth grades can try out to be Prospectors. They said as long as players believe in themselves there will be a chance for them on the team.
Each of the tryouts was nearly three hours long and coaches fulfilled the practice time wisely, helping athletes get better. Working as a team is important in a sport like softball.
“I learned that being a team is important, and working as a team is important in the future,” said eighth grader Denae Pruehs.
“(Our goal for tryouts was) to develop chemistry with each other, learning to push themselves through adversity, and becoming great sportswomen,” said Coach Bill Wilson.
The Cougars will play their first game of the season Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Mountain Vista.