Prep Softball Notebook: Airline's Sarah Martin works her way into starting lineup

Prep Softball Notebook: Airline's Sarah Martin works her way into starting lineup

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Prep Softball Notebook: Airline's Sarah Martin works her way into starting lineup

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“It was difficult, but I love being with my team, and they always made me feel important,” Martin said.
So, the catcher hung in through her sophomore and junior campaigns, even when her parents pushed her to change her athletic focus. Martin wouldn’t have any of it.
“They wanted me to play soccer, but I stuck with softball, and now it’s paid off,” she said.
Martin decided to give up catching and has found a home in right field under new Airline coaches Danny and Lynne Roberts. The team’s only senior, Martin is starting and helping the Lady Vikings toward what they hope will be a District 1-5A championship.
“Sarah has been an inspiration to all of us,” Lynne Roberts said. “She plays the game with more heart than anyone I have ever coached. She is a true motivator both on and off the field.”
Martin cracked her inaugural home run this past weekend against Zachary, and it was the turning point in Airline’s 13-2 win. She didn’t mention the feat during her recent interview. Her senior highlight includes coming up to bat with two outs and runners on second and third with her team trailing Pineville 1-0. Martin slapped a single down the first base line, scoring both runners, and giving Airline a 2-1 win.
Involved with First Priority on campus, Martin enjoys watching her freshman sister, Hannah, play on the junior varsity team. She also tries to set an example for the younger Lady Vikings.
“Being a starter has helped me with my confidence and I’ve tried to be more vocal,” Martin said. “I hope I’m a good team leader and role model.”
Haughton: Playing in the Pitch Perfect Tournament against Brusly proved costly for the Lady Bucs. They lost pitcher Anna Dies with a broken finger in the contest. The sophomore Times All-City player has had pins installed in her non-pitching hand and they’ll remain there for four weeks, according to Haughton coach Hal Harlan.
Dies, one of the team’s top hitters, could return if the Lady Bucs get into the state playoffs and win at least one game.
With the loss of their starting pitcher, Haughton has adopted a new motto, “Find a Way.”
“I told the team in Sulphur that we have to dig our way out,” Harlan said.
North Caddo: The Lady Rebels have been struggling defensively of late, and it’s cost coach Lory Kowaleski’s club a couple of wins.
“After losing six starters from last year’s team, it was a question who was going to play where and who was going to step up,” Kowaleski said. “With only three returning starters in their same position, it was a task to get all caught up in their respective positions.
“This year, it seems to be someone different stepping up frequently, which has been a pleasant surprise. We are just focused on keeping everyone in the game each and every pitch offensively and defensively.”
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Throughout her first three seasons on Viking Drive, Martin spent a lot of time grabbing pine. Sure, there was spotty time as a pinch runner or getting into the game after the Lady Vikings had an opponent put away, but most of the time she sat and watched and cheered.

“It was difficult, but I love being with my team, and they always made me feel important,” Martin said.
So, the catcher hung in through her sophomore and junior campaigns, even when her parents pushed her to change her athletic focus. Martin wouldn’t have any of it.
“They wanted me to play soccer, but I stuck with softball, and now it’s paid off,” she said.
Martin decided to give up catching and has found a home in right field under new Airline coaches Danny and Lynne Roberts. The team’s only senior, Martin is starting and helping the Lady Vikings toward what they hope will be a District 1-5A championship.
“Sarah has been an inspiration to all of us,” Lynne Roberts said. “She plays the game with more heart than anyone I have ever coached. She is a true motivator both on and off the field.”
Martin cracked her inaugural home run this past weekend against Zachary, and it was the turning point in Airline’s 13-2 win. She didn’t mention the feat during her recent interview. Her senior highlight includes coming up to bat with two outs and runners on second and third with her team trailing Pineville 1-0. Martin slapped a single down the first base line, scoring both runners, and giving Airline a 2-1 win.
Involved with First Priority on campus, Martin enjoys watching her freshman sister, Hannah, play on the junior varsity team. She also tries to set an example for the younger Lady Vikings.
“Being a starter has helped me with my confidence and I’ve tried to be more vocal,” Martin said. “I hope I’m a good team leader and role model.”

Haughton

Playing in the Pitch Perfect Tournament against Brusly proved costly for the Lady Bucs. They lost pitcher Anna Dies with a broken finger in the contest. The sophomore Times All-City player has had pins installed in her non-pitching hand and they’ll remain there for four weeks, according to Haughton coach Hal Harlan.
Dies, one of the team’s top hitters, could return if the Lady Bucs get into the state playoffs and win at least one game.
With the loss of their starting pitcher, Haughton has adopted a new motto, “Find a Way.”
“I told the team in Sulphur that we have to dig our way out,” Harlan said.

North Caddo

The Lady Rebels have been struggling defensively of late, and it’s cost coach Lory Kowaleski’s club a couple of wins.
“After losing six starters from last year’s team, it was a question who was going to play where and who was going to step up,” Kowaleski said. “With only three returning starters in their same position, it was a task to get all caught up in their respective positions.
“This year, it seems to be someone different stepping up frequently, which has been a pleasant surprise. We are just focused on keeping everyone in the game each and every pitch offensively and defensively.”
Twitter: @JimmyWatson6

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