The Chippewa Falls softball team was able to get a head start on most teams in the state of Wisconsin as Chi Hi traveled to Florida last week to take part in a tournament at Disney World. Coach Jared Faherty's squad went 3-1 against teams from around the country. Faherty says it's important for his team to use that chance to get outside and play some games to their advantage when they finally get on the field up here.
Faherty says, "Now taking that experience down there so we're probably ahead of everybody a little bit, but we have to use it to our advantage once we do get ousdie because right now we feel that it is, but if we come back to the pack up here, it won't serve much of a purpose."
Senior shortstop Evie Schaller agrees, "It was a blast, it was a wake-up call, playing on the dirt instead of in here, it was a big difference, we have a lot of work to do, but it was a good advantage."
The Cardinals know that they will be wearing a target on their backs everytime they step on the field, but with a good mix of veterans, seven seniors and extremely talented underclassmen, Chi Hi's quest is simple, bringing home another state title.
Senior Liz Jarosz says, "This is a new year, always going to have it in the back of our minds that we're state champs, but also have in the back of our minds, have a target on our backs, so we have to try hard and take it pitch-by-pitch and just accomplish our goals."
Adds senior Kayla Bowe, "There's a lot of experience on this team and the underclassmen have been around us and are able to take their skills to the next level. It's great, everyone is stepping up exactly what we need right now.