The Forsan Lady Buffs competed in an Alumni game over the weekend. Due to scheduling issues, Alumni games don’t get scheduled often. According to Head Softball Coach Shanna Taylor, the only other Alumni game was played around 2015.
Coach Taylor told KBest News that she thought it was a good for the older girls to come back and get on the field again, noting that it gives them a chance to be a kid again.
Forsan Softball Alumni Ashley Buzbee and Amanda Longorio both pitched on the 2010 State Champion Team and graduated in 2012. Coach Taylor stated that she was impressed with both who had done extremely well Saturday, considering that neither one has played in several years.
“It was good for our girls to see the level of competitiveness that all the Alumni still had playing against us,” said Taylor.
She added, “It was good for these girls to see the kind of talent, dedication, and love of the game that the alumni have. Most of them came in from out of town to play last weekend. I hope that the current team was reminded that they are not only playing for this year's teammates, but also carrying on a tradition that was set long before them."
During the game, the current team allowed the Alumni to score 4 runs in the third inning, but held them the rest of the game. It was a close game, and the current team had a few chances to score, but couldn't quite catch up. The final score was 4-3 with Alumni coming out on top.
When asked how competing against the Alumni can help prepare the current Lady Buffs for the season, Coach Taylor stated, “It is always good for our girls to face solid pitching. It helps them prepare for both district and playoff games.”