Maiden softball to host scrimmage tomorrow

Scooping it up-- Glove extended, junior pitcher Alyssa Olivas fields a ball during practice on Feb. 10 during after school practice.

The Maiden softball team scrimmaged Odessa High yesterday and will scrimmage Midland Christian, Trinity or Idalou tomorrow.

  “This year’s scrimmages have been really good for us,” Coach Gary Mayfield said. “We have played much bigger schools like Midland High, Odessa Permian, Lubbock Monterey, Lubbock Coronado and Lubbock High. We have had success and have struggled at times, but overall I think it will prepare us for a long and successful season.”

  The Maidens’ play-off run last year given them better strength to start the new season.

  “The team has a lot of strengths,” senior pitcher Desiree Suniga said. “One for sure is good defense and always talking each other up.”

  The Maidens hope to improve in key areas as they continue practice play.

  “Our weakness is at the plate,” senior shortstop Kassey Gallardo said. “We have a hard time stringing our hits together.”

  The team continues to gel together while building the program.

  “Our team bond is really good,” senior left fielder Alysia Espinoza said. “We are all close to each other.”

  The Maidens bring back a handful of seniors to lead throughout the season.

  “The leadership on this year’s team is outstanding,” Mayfield said. “I have five seniors whose experience and leadership will help carry this team a long way.”

  Mayfield will stress consistency as the Maidens move forward.

  “I would say we need to be more consistent,” Mayfield said. “We need to learn from our mistakes and move on. This is a very solid team, and I look forward to going farther in the play offs this year.”