National Spring Preview Series Admin
Thu, February 15, 2024 at 13:10 PM
As the spring season is upon us, the Mission Hills High School softball team is gearing up for what they hope will be a successful and memorable year. With a strong team and a determined mindset, the Grizzlies are ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead and hopefully bring home a CIF ring. In an exclusive interview, we spoke with Coach Chad Franks to get a preview of what we can expect from the team this year. The main goal for the Grizzlies is to make a deep run in CIF and ultimately win the championship. Coach Franks emphasizes the importance of maintaining a high level of team unity and purpose every day in order to achieve this goal. One exciting addition to the Grizzlies' roster this year is transfer player Abby Huhn from Carlsbad High School. Coach Franks notes that Huhn, who will be pitching for Iowa State next fall, will have a significant impact on the team and bolster their pitching rotation. In previous years, the team has faced Huhn on the opposing team, and they are thrilled to now have her on their side. Apart from individual skill and talent, the team's success also stems from their strong team chemistry, which is fostered through various team traditions. Coach Franks stresses the importance of having each other's backs and being vocal and supportive, even if a player isn't on the starting lineup. This camaraderie and support system help the team to grow and work towards their goals together. However, it's not just team chemistry that drives the Grizzlies. The softball program at Mission Hills High School has a history of pushing their players to reach their full potential. With a standard to live up to, the team is motivated to prove their doubters wrong. Coach Franks notes that this drive is what sets them apart and makes them a formidable opponent. Despite their determination and unity, the team has faced some challenges in preparing for the season. The weather has been a major obstacle, limiting their opportunities to practice on the field. However, the team has full trust in their players that they are making the most of their practice time and getting the necessary repetitions to prepare for the season. This year, the Grizzlies are part of the competitive Palomar League, where they will face tough opponents such as rivals San Marcos High School, as well as Otay Ranch, Bonita Vista, and Silverado from Las Vegas.