We’ve reached the second half of the high school softball season. One of the teams that have made a huge statement so far is Carroll.
The Tigers’ big rally cry this season has been “Why not us?”
Three straight years of making it to the fourth round of the playoffs, they are hoping the fourth year is the charm for these seniors determined to make this the year they finally make it to state.
Seven starters are back from a very strong team a year ago, the Tigers sit atop first place in District 29-5A with a 9-1 record.
Senior catcher Samantha Goana, who has already signed to play for the Islanders next season, says the culture of the team will make a big difference this time around.
“We have a lot of talent, but it’s more about team culture, working together, trusting each other,” Goana said. “We have a lot of love for each other and we communicate well on the field and off. We are great teammates, like a second family.”
Third baseman Samantha Miller agrees.
“We have lots of talent yes, I trust all my teammates the same as I hope they trust me,” Miller said. “I know if they go up there to bat and they will get it done.”
Coach A.J. Caballero likes the growth in this season’s team after the near misses from previous seasons.
“I definitely think we have the tools,” Caballero said. “I think staying healthy and committed to the process and understanding it’s a day by day thing that we have to stay connected and keep that chemistry going. I think we have a shot.”
They certainly have the talent and the right frame of mind to go deep in the playoffs, heading into Saturday’s game against Ray on Saturday.