Hoover softball pushes to get to state.

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Jordan Redeker, staff

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#FD17 means a lot to the softball girls. It is their motivation to make it as far as a high school softball team can, STATE!  State is the best experience for a softball team.

“We had a winning record for the first time in a long time. Our girls have such respect for each other, their coaches, the game and the umpires. They are learning so much more than just the game of softball. They are becoming respectful young women.” Said softball coach Missie Feuerbach.

The softball team had a winning record of 18-15. That is the first winning record in the past three years.  They also beat Indianola for the first time since 2010 with a score of 11-8, with a walk off home run by Sidney Larsen.

There are lots of people who push the girls as far as they can go. There are the people outside of the team and also just the girls on the team.

“Madisen and Hannah Blackford pushes us the most because they know we can win so they push us to win,” freshmen Daija Bates said.

Starting varsity pitcher Hannah Blackford and starting varsity catcher Madisen Blackford both bring lots to the team. They push the girls to do their best just as they are doing. Not only do the Blackford sisters push the girls, their father brings a lot to the team also.

Kelly Blackford is the head of the Iowa Renegade softball team. Him and other renegade coaches off the team help a lot. They help get fields ready in between games but they also help with spring season. He helps coach the girls in the off season so that they can be the best they can be for when season comes around.

Tre’veon Johnson is the girls softball team manager. He has been involved with the team for one year. He came to almost every game and spent the whole summer with the girls. His favorite thing about the game is when everyone is up and cheering for each other.

“It’s like an adventure, you explore new things about the girls and the game.” Junior Tre’veon Johnson said.

At the end of the day the girls strived to get better and it worked and is currently still working. #FD17 is coming faster than you think and the girls aren’t going to give up until they succeed.

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