Bry Chapman let adverse situations bother her in the past.
The Holt junior made it a mission to change that this spring.
Stepping into a leadership role this season, Chapman’s top priority was to better handle those moments when things weren’t smooth. She did that while helping the Rams to a 36-3 mark that included CAAC Blue, district and Softball Classic titles.
“Her biggest goal was to be mentally tough from the mound and she was,” Holt coach Kim Reichard said. “It’s really easy for any player to let other things get to you whether it’s the umpires’ calls or whatever. She definitely took more command from the mound this season and she had to. It was on her to do that and she embraced that role and did a great job for us.”
Chapman, who is the LSJ player of the year, was strong both in and out of the pitching circle. She was Holt’s cleanup hitter and batted .477 with 11 doubles and a team-high 59 RBI. Chapman also compiled a 23-2 mark in the circle and had a 1.92 ERA while helping the Rams to a big season.
She navigated adversity to help Holt win its first Classic title by staying composed when the Rams fell behind 5-0 in the early stages of the championship game.
Being a leader, Chapman knew she couldn’t buckle in that situation.
“I had to show them when the going gets tough, you’ve just got to get tougher,” Chapman said. “You have to let it roll off and move on. I just really wanted to show my teammates that I could be for them what I wanted them to be for me and that’s just tough.
“I think there would be times in the past where I’d get down a few runs and I would kind of buckle. This year I just had a new confidence that no matter what we were going to come back and do what we do and no matter what it was going to be a good outcome.”
That proved to be the case in the Classic title game and in other instances for Holt. But Chapman, who is among a core group of juniors for the Rams, says Holt is hungry to accomplish more after being knocked out by Howell in the regional opener.
“Our goal has been win 30 games, win the Classic and we did that this year,” Chapman said. “Our next step is that regional title and we’re not going to stop this offseason because we want it and we’re going to go get it.”