National Spring Preview Series Admin
Thu, February 15, 2024 at 15:29 PM
As athletes, there are few things more exciting than the start of a new school year, and the anticipation for the upcoming athletic season. One team that is ready to make some noise this year is the softball team at Providence High School in Burbank, California. We spoke with Coach Manny Travieso to get a preview of what to expect from the team this year. The Providence High School softball team has set some high goals for themselves this year. Coach Travieso shared with us that they not only want to repeat last year's success of winning their league undefeated, but also go as far as possible in CIF. The key to achieving these goals? According to Travieso, it's the winning culture at Providence that pushes their players to be better every day and prepare them for the next level in college softball. This year, the team is led by a strong group of 8 seniors. But Coach Travieso emphasizes that the entire team will be needed if they want to accomplish their goals. One player to watch out for is senior Breanna Pelaez, who led the nation in stolen bases last year with an impressive 80. Travieso expects her to try to break her own record this year. The team also boasts a strong pitching and catching duo, with pitchers Grace Workman and Olyvia Rutter working together to set the tone for the season. They are backed up by junior catcher Delailah Lopez and senior Belen Benito, making for a well-rounded and skilled team behind the plate. But it's not just their on-field abilities that make this team stand out. Coach Travieso also highlighted the team's strong academics and team dynamic. He mentioned that all the players are incredibly dedicated, with good grades and always ready to help each other. This is a team that truly embodies the saying "there is no 'I' in team." The bond between the players extends beyond the field as well. The team makes a point to eat together on away games and even attends college softball games together. This camaraderie is an essential part of their success and helps to build trust and communication among the players. When asked about the key to success, Coach Travieso's answer was simple, "learn something or question something each day. Control the controllables and forget the bad asap and move on." This mindset is something he instills in his players and helps them to stay focused on their goals.