Boomer Elmsdale
Tue, February 20, 2024 at 12:02 PM
Coach Trevor Holton and the Fullerton Union High School softball team have their sights set on success this season. After a challenging year in 2020, the team is determined to come back stronger and achieve their goals both on and off the field. Holton's overall goals for the team this season are ambitious yet achievable. The first goal is to win the last year of the Freeway League, which will be disbanded after this season due to Orange County realignments. The team has not won a league title since 2008 and is determined to end their Freeway League journey on a high note. The second goal is to get back to the CIF Championship and win it all this year. To achieve these goals, the team will have to stay humble, keep grinding, and never look past any game or opponent. The key to success, according to Holton, is to always find ways to improve and get better. The team will not become complacent and will push themselves to their full potential every game. He also emphasizes the importance of staying humble and never underestimating any opponent. This mentality will be crucial for the team's success this season. The team has some talented and experienced players returning from last season. Malaya Majam-Finch, Zoey Bautista, and Melia Vera are some of the top players to watch out for. Majam-Finch, who was named to All CIF 1st team, All League First Team, and All County 2nd Team, is a versatile player with a great work ethic and humble attitude. Bautista, who is a team captain, has a calm and mature demeanor and is an excellent leader on and off the field. Vera, the starting shortstop, is known for her consistency, clutch performances, and ability to make plays when it matters the most. The team will also have some new additions who are expected to make an immediate impact. Freshman Katelynn Mathews will bring another strong arm to the pitching rotation with her composure and command of the game. Transfers Hayley Brock, Emi Todoroki, and Abby Lee will also add depth and talent to the team. For Holton, respect from teammates is a crucial quality he looks for in a potential team captain. He believes that a captain should lead by example rather than telling others what to do.