Story by: Emily White
This past Monday, the West girl’s softball team took on Lees Summit North. The team ending up losing 6 to 3 in a hard fought battle. West then turned around to face Lee’s Summit High School this past Tuesday, in which they ended up losing 2-1.
Despite the loss, it is no secret that these 3 teams are competitive with each other. However, only a select few have experienced these competitive pressures first-hand.
Junior Bobbi Bodenhamer, a varsity player, knows just how stressful these games can be, even prior to game time. “The whole day I’m anxious because I can’t wait to get out there and play them but I’m confident in what we can do,” says Bodenhamer.
On the other hand, senior Maddy Price, also a varsity player, feels on top of her game prior to game time. “I feel pumped and ready to go. I know the girls always have my back and always pick me up when I make a mistake and I’m always behind them also,” says Price. “We are like a family and I couldn’t have asked for a better team to end my high school career with.”
Though both girls anticipate the game differently, they both have similar experiences during these big games. “I just focus on getting my job done to help my team during these big games, and talking a lot in the field to keep everyone motivated and focused,” says Bodenhamer. Price agrees, saying “When I’m up to bat I think about my one pitch in the one spot I want it to be in. I also think ‘RMSO’ which coach Conard and I always say. It stands for ‘rock my socks off.’”
So though the rivalry between the other Lee’s Summit high schools will only continue to grow, one thing is for certain: West has no intention of backing down.