The varsity softball team is a mixed bag of seasoned players and fresh faces. Vivienne McGraw, freshman, is the latter, making the team as an outfielder. As a new member of the team, McGraw looks up to others for advice and support.
“Jenna [Wheeler] is so welcoming,” McGraw said. “She’s an outfielder and working with her has been good.”
McGraw has been involved in sports her entire life, previously participating in soccer and basketball teams as well as softball teams. As she got older, McGraw was faced with the decision to choose which one of the three she wanted to stick with, and ultimately McGraw chose softball as her primary focus.
“I just loved the game,” McGraw said. “It’s a complicated game and it’s more mental than physical and I liked that adversity. I like that challenge.”
McGraw’s love of the game has propelled her to the varsity high school level in her first year of trying out. In joining a pre-established group, McGraw was able to feel comfortable alongside the team through practices and bonding with them on the field.
“All of the girls have been really welcoming,” McGraw said. “I think that’s helped. Playing with people that are older than me has really helped. One of the things I like is the team working together.”
Going into her first season on the team, McGraw hopes to make an impact this season. While she has several more years to go on the team, McGraw feels that all of her time on the field is precious, and she is savoring every moment.
“[I want to] be in the game as much as possible,” McGraw said. “As a freshman, I want to earn as much of that playing time as I can. Being in the starting [line-up] would be a goal of mine.”