Without knowing how the 2020 softball season would play out, Marble Falls had already aggressively scheduled a lot of games to prepare its program for a run at the postseason. Even though COVID-19 didn't allow the Mustangs to play all the contests, their coaches and players were still able to compete more than most of their high school counterparts, and their local fanbase was able to cheer them to a 9-9-1 season record and a winning district mark in UIL 17-5A action.
"Our coach has always believed that the more reps and games we have the stronger our bond will be...and eventually lead us to success," said senior center fielder Brooklyn Chavez. "It was truly showing in our first round of district, where we went 2-1."
The extra time on the field also allowed the team's senior athletes to extend their playing career. That included Chavez, who shined with a .442 batting average, 23 hits, 21 runs, 18 stolen bases, seven RBIs and three doubles.
"I believe I started at the age of eight or nine, when I first picked up a softball," said Chavez. "Ever since then, I've been dedicated to the sport. I've been a center fielder for as long as I can remember. I love all the running and the feeling of catching a ball, so I begged my coach to keep me out there."
Chavez, who was also a member of Marble Falls' volleyball and track and field teams during her high school athletic career, will always think highly of her time with the school's softball program.
"I think that my favorite moment playing for Marble Falls High School is getting to play with all the girls I grew up playing with all my life," she said. "When we came into high school as freshmen, there were probably seven or eight of us freshmen on varsity. We've grown together and created an everlasting bond."
Daily routines have changed for most of the state's population over the past month and, for students, that includes their school schedule.
"I have a tendency of staying up late," she said. "I'm not gonna lie. But, I try my best to get up at a decent time. I usually eat my breakfast and make sure I have everything done for the week [or] day and then that's when I usually go outside, whether it be with my little brother, go down to the lake by my house or hit with my dad."
With graduation right around the corner, seniors like Chavez have definitely had the time to put more thought into their future.
"I will be attending The University of Texas at San Antonio and I plan on majoring in criminal justice," she said. "I'm hoping to help as many people as I can with this degree."
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