The CJ varsity softball team is being recognized as the feature team of the week Wednesday, April 27 during Senior Night against Alter at 5 p.m. at Gateway Action Sports before beginning a challenging stretch of games heading into the postseason.
Seniors Lyndsey Diggs, April Grierson, Seanice Reynolds and Krystal Watson (pictured below) will be honored during the game, but the girls still have a lot of work to do this season to become the first CJ softball team to win a league championship. Diggs, a senior co-captain and four-year varsity starter, will lead the Eagles on the mound—something she has done all season by pitching every game.
“We have to beat Fenwick, Alter and Carroll twice because we want to take the GGCL Grey North division and make a good tourney run,” she said. Named a first team all-league recipient each season since 2008, Diggs realizes what it takes to be successful and said it starts with getting all nine players to play as one.
“We work really well as a team. Team unity is one of our best attributes and when you play tough opponents you need teammates that are enthusiastic and positive, which has helped keep it fun this year.”
The team—a mix of experienced veterans and newcomers with four sophomores, two freshmen, and one junior—has been able to sustain their chemistry throughout the season on the wings of a few team traditions. The girls have adopted the acronym “SOAR,” which stands for “Someone Always Rising,” along with the similarly spirited pregame cheer, “Give our best, nothing less, always more, Eagles soar!”
It is that welcoming attitude that has made senior Krystal Watson’s first year on the team a terrific experience. She joined after her friend and softball co-captain April Grierson convinced her to play, and said she has enjoyed getting to know more of her classmates.
“I haven’t been a part of a team in a while, but we are all just one big family. We have supported each other and we are always there for one another,” she said. More than anything, Watson looks forward finishing the season with plenty of new friendships.