Softball sweeps Senior Night 15-0, 9-4

Most athletes look forward to Senior Night for all of their high school careers. Last Tuesday the girls softball team had their turn, sweeping their rivals Junction City in their last two home games.

After nine straight losses, the players were happy to have a few wins under their belt, especially on senior night.

“It was just really nice to win,” senior Anna Batt said. “Especially at home, on such a special night it was great that we were able to pull off two wins.”

The Lady Indians were happy with how they played together and as a whole.

“We played really well and we knew how important this night was,” Batt said. “We just played together as a team.”

Last year Manhattan High recognized a sole senior, but this year there were seven senior girls. Aside from the size of the class, it was different for the players to be on the other side of the night.

“It was kind of  weird,” Batt said. “It didn’t really hit me when I was out there. The crowd was clapping and I had just waited for so long for it to be senior night and it was finally happening.”

Last Tuesday ended the softball careers of most of the players, also making it their last game to play at Anneberg Park.

“It was really sad to think about,” Batt said. “Just realizing that it was my last game and that I will never have the opportunity to play on that field again. Aside from Regionals it was my last softball game ever.”

However, some players will still have the presence of softball in their lives.

“This summer I will be helping to coach some of the pitchers on the Manhattan High team and some younger Optimist players,” Batt said. “So I will still be teaching it, but it’s different than playing it.”

Batt’s future may include coaching softball at some point.

“I could see myself coaching when I am older and when I have kids,” Batt said. “I would love to coach high schoolers.”

The Lady Indians will continue their season at Regionals on Thursday, playing against Wichita Southeast at Washburn Rural High School.