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Lady Demons seniors show Williamstown pride

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By Ryan Naus

Although their final year on the softball diamond was shortened due to rainouts, the Williamstown softball seniors will remember the time they spent together.

Miranda Snow, Amber Vance, Amanda Goodrich, Mellissa Snow, Emily Webster and Ashlee Holt spent their final months of their senior year playing side-by-side.

“Going in, I had high hopes,” Webster said. “We played hard throughout the season. It hasn’t hit me yet that everything’s ending, with softball and high school in general. After our last game, I thought that was the last time I’ll play softball and I’ll miss everything about it.”

“I’m glad that I have all the memories I have from playing softball and I’m glad that I’ve made the friends that I have from softball,” Goodrich said.

Goodrich, Holt and Vance have played together the longest, playing together since sixth grade. The Snow sisters chose to start their softball careers their senior year.

“It was all new to me because it was my first year, but it was completely different than I expected,” Miranda said. “All my teammates were supportive and it was all fun.”

“I think playing softball has been some of the best times ever,” Holt said. “We’ve become like a family.”

The girls took representing Williamstown as an honor and cherished their time on the field.

“For me, playing for Williamstown means you put up a fight,” Goodrich said. “Everybody tries to schedule us for their senior nights because they think they’re going to win, but we fight because we wanted to win and we knew we could.”

“Being from a small school, we have a lot of support because everyone stands behind us,” Webster said. “People believe in us and know we can do it.”

“We’ve always been the underdog team, but that makes me want to strive to win even more,” Vance said. “I love Williamstown and I wouldn’t want to play for anybody else.”

The girls’ season was shortened due to rainouts, but the girls ended their season winning four out of their final five games.

“I didn’t want to go out with a terrible record,” Holt said. “We came through in the end and started to play as a team. I think that’s better than anything that we played together.”

As their softball season wrapped up, their time in high school came to a close also.

“It’s exciting because I want to see what the world has to offer me,” Mellissa said. “I know what Williamstown has offered me, but I want to see what else is out there.”

“For me, I’m excited to move on, but I’ve been here since kindergarten and most of my friends I’ve spent 13 years with them,” Vance said. “High school and softball have come to an end and it’s sad.”

“All of this hit me at class night when Miranda gave me a piece of paper and it talked about 14 of us have been at Williamstown for 13 years,” Goodrich said. “We’ve had 13 first days together and walked these halls for 13 years.”

Favorite memories:

Webster – Playing Walton-Verona and losing by one run last year because “we played hard and fought” along with being with teammates.

Vance – Traveling to Florida last year over spring break because the team connected and had fun.

Holt – The trip to Florida and looking back to coming back each season to play with each other.

Miranda – Being in the dugout and cheering teammates on, enjoying the atmosphere.

Goodrich – First win by Williamstown over Grant County in 2003 and pitching a shutout because it was “the best feeling ever.”

Mellissa – Being in the dugout with all the girls and listening to what they had to say to learn.

Advice:

Webster – Always live up to your full potential. Work hard and be smart because you can do anything you put your mind to. If you want something, you can have it if you work for it.

Vance – Keep your head high and be proud of the school you represent. The outcome may not always be what you want, but it will be worth it in the end.

Holt – Stick together as a team. At the end of the day, you’re still a team.

Miranda – Stay strong and don’t ever give up on yourself. Always keep trying.

Goodrich – Always have fun and never do anything that you’re going to regret, whether it’s in life or softball. If you don’t give 100 percent, you’ll look back and regret it. Make memories and friends.

Mellissa – Respect each other as part of the team. Come together so you can win.