Elizabeth Huls

The Lady Senators softball team came up one game short of the state championship last season, falling in the semi-state championship. The good news for West Washington was that they returned everybody from last year. But when the season was canceled in at the end of March, the Lady Senators softball team were left unable to reload and take another shot at getting to state.

The Lady Senators had several seniors on the roster and one was outfielder Elizabeth Huls. She said she first got the news about the season being canceled while she was at work. She said one of the assistant coaches came to tell her in person. She said she was shocked, although she admitted that she know it was a possibility. She held out hope because she knew how much work the team had put in during the offseason.  She added that it’s rough not having a senior season. “It has been really hard to not have that one last season. It's the season that everyone works really hard for, to finish out your high school career strong, and it sucks knowing I don't get that chance.”

Shortly after the team found out they did a Zoom chat together. Huls said it was great getting to see all her teammates and everybody together again on the screen. They talked about how they were feeling and what they can do together once the social distancing guidelines and everything have been lifted.

The team had their sights set on making it back to semi-state, but Huls had some personal goals of her own in the upcoming season. “We were going to be really good this year. The team was looking great so I knew our chances for a great season and going far were really high. As for myself, I hadn't really thought about it. It's all about how you can help your team win, but of course I was hoping for another all conference and breaking some personal records...With everyone back from last year and having additional players who were looking really great, it definitely made not having that chance much harder.

Huls said she wouldn’t change anything from seasons past because they helped shaped the team they had that went to the semi-state championship. She said that season has been her favorite memory, especially winning sectional.  I wouldn't change anything from past seasons. They helped shape the team that we had last year and I wouldn't want to do anything to hurt that…For some reason last year's sectional win was very special. The two year before we hadn't made it past the first round and to finally get past that and win was a great feeling that I will never forget.”

She doesn’t know where she is going to school yet or what she wants to major in she admitted, but Huls isn’t ruling out playing softball at the next level. “I have talked to a couple of colleges about playing, so I guess I will figure it out soon.”

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