Having success on the softball diamond has always been important to Bry Chapman.
The recent Holt graduate has always wanted to prove her talent both in the circle and at the plate.
And she did that once again this spring while leading Holt to another successful season.
Chapman guided the Rams to CAAC Blue and district championships while repeating as the LSJ softball player of the year.
One of the biggest focuses for Chapman this spring was helping Holt prove that its dominant 2015 season wasn’t a fluke. And she did her part in making that happen by being the pitching ace and one of the main cogs in the middle of the Rams’ lineup.
“I think we were able to prove we weren’t a fluke and that we belonged at the top of the (CAAC) Blue and at the top of our district,” Chapman said. “We were always told that teams like Grand Ledge were gunning for us, and that it was going to be harder this year because of how successful we were last year. I think we just proved to ourselves that we were as good as we believed we were and we could do whatever we believed in.
“When you win the league and you win the (Softball) Classic the year before, people look at you as the team to beat. That puts a little bit of a different pressure on you, and you just really want to be able to prove to your fans and your teammates and everyone watching that you are good and you can do it.”
This year’s league title was the second straight for Holt, which also accomplished a program first by winning a Division 1 district title for a third consecutive year while finishing 29-9. Chapman was proud of what the Rams accomplished while playing a more challenging schedule this spring.
“I thought my team performed really well based on the fact that we had a lot of adversity this year,” Chapman said. “We lost some games early in the season where in the previous season we had only lost two until the end of the year. We found a way to bounce back and find our new groove because we had six-ish new players on our team this year. We really found a way to fit together well toward the end. I was really proud.”
She was also proud of the legacy she and Holt’s other seniors left. Chapman was part of a senior class that came up together through the lower levels to experience plenty of success on varsity for coach Kim Reichard.
“I was really lucky to be in one of the better senior classes at Holt for softball,” Chapman said. “I want the upcoming seniors to see that when all of your seniors buy in and they believe and they all give every single pitch 110 percent, that you can be as good as you want to be and you can accomplish your goals.
“I remember setting all the goals my freshman year and we fell short. I just remember each year my senior class getting hungrier and hungrier and just wanting to work toward that. My hope is our legacy is that drive and that following senior classes have that same passion for the game that we did.”
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