Cobra seniors coping without softball
The Triton softball team was supposed to be preparing for an away game against Pine Island on Friday, April 17, but due to COVID-19 not only will the game not happen, they can’t even get together as a team.
A suspended season hurts all of the student-athletes, especially the seniors who may not get another chance to play for Triton.
Senior outfielder Beyanna Reyant said that when she learned that the season had been suspended she was upset that this pandemic had to happen during her senior season.
“When I learned that the season was suspended, my first thought was that this is unfair that it had to happen to the Class of 2020. It’s just kind of crazy to think about that this situation doesn’t usually happen within a person’s lifetime, and what are the chances it would happen to us during our senior year,” she said. “I know a person can say that it’s like any other season, but this is the last one for myself and my senior teammates. The senior season is when all of a person’s hard work and dedication over the past years are supposed to shine through, but it hurts that as of right now, it can’t happen.”
Her teammate, senior infielder Torrie Klennert, had a similar reaction.
“I was really bummed out, because it is the last year us seniors have to play together, and it’s really sad to think about how we might never play together again,” she said. “Some of the seniors will never play softball again and we don’t get the experience of being captains.”
In addition to potentially not having a senior season, the Triton student-athletes are also coping with not playing softball for the first time in many years.
“It’s definitely different for me. I’ve been playing with the school since I was in seventh grade, and since freshman year of high school, I have played softball with Triton Youth Fastpitch Softball Association, so that includes playing in the summer, fall, and winter. So it just feels very unfamiliar not having team practices or games,” said Reyant.
Not having team practices or games, she said, is what she misses the most.
“I miss playing with my team, but I also miss the game as well with the adrenaline that comes from making a good play or hitting the ball out in the field,” she said.
The Triton coaches also miss their student-athletes as evidenced by them putting the jersey numbers of their seniors in their outfield fence.
“It was a heartwarming feeling seeing mine and the other senior’s numbers up there. I am so thankful that our coaches made that, and it made me feel very supported by Triton and our team,” said Reyant.
Meanwhile, Klennert said it made her feel sad and happy.
“It’s sad that our senior season has gone this way, but it also showed our coach really cares about us,” she said.
She mentioned that the coaches have also shown they’re thinking about the student-athletes by sending them drills exercises to do at home to stay active.
“They’ve [also] given us situational plays to look over and think about. Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) gives us optional exercises to do as well,” said Reyant.
While the coaches and student-athletes are doing their best to replicate what they’d be doing as a team, it’s not the same doing with their teammates and friends and because of that the student-athletes are gaining an appreciation for what they had.
“I’ve learned to never take a moment for granted. After this, I will value every minute I get in the gym or field, because you never know if it’ll be your last. Another positive is that I’ll be playing at RCTC [next year], so I’m not done yet,” said Klennert.
Reyant agreed, adding that this experience could help them in the long run.
“I know this whole situation is not ideal at all, but it makes me appreciate the little things that we can take for granted sometimes, such as being social and building relationships with others outside of my family,” she said. “I think that after this quarantine is over, our community and relationships will be a lot stronger.”