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Varsity soccer and baseball celebrate seniors

Danny Dombrowski, Staff Reporter

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The boys varsity soccer and baseball teams both celebrated their seniors May 9, against Fort Defiance. The action started off with baseball as it looked for its 12th win on the season. Senior Cade Templeton got the start on the mound and it only took five innings to get the win. The game was stopped with the score 12-2 due to slaughter-rule. Senior Kevin Navedo led the team with three hits. Senior Christian Whitelow added in two hits, and he enjoyed his second and last senior night of his career.

“It went very well. Seniors felt like they had something to prove, and we handled ourselves pretty well,” Whitelow said.

After coming off a win against Turner Ashby the day before, things have begun to start clicking within the team.

“I think our communication and no bickering back and forth has played a big part. We are all starting to communicate and just actually try and help one another without starting an argument,” Whitelow said.

The playoffs are set to begin in the next two weeks, so the team is trying to get all parts of their game ready.

“We still need work all around. Every day we need to practice harder and take extra if you feel like you need it,” Whitelow said.

The boys soccer team also recognized their four seniors before the game yesterday. The lopsided affair ended with the Streaks walking away with a 8-0 victory. Roberto Gonzalez scored his third hat trick of the season. The win improved their record to 9-4 for this season.

Gonzalez enjoyed his senior night in front of the home crowd.

“It felt great to get recognized and being able to give my team and my home crowd a show that they deserve. I want to thank my teammates for helping me getting to where I am, and the people that always come out to support, for staying loyal and believing in us,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez thinks their win against Broadway earlier in the season kickstarted their success.

“Starting out the season 0-3 was one of the most frustrating positions that a Harrisonburg soccer team has probably ever been on. What changed was the whole team’s mentality. That night against Broadway when we finally got our first dub of the year, I told everybody that it was a new beginning, and from then on there was no team that could stop us. Since then, we’ve had a 9-1 record,” Gonzalez said.

Although they are experiencing success, they still have things to work on.

“We need to perfect our game. Get rid of small mistakes like weak passes, offsides, etc. and stay consistent. We need to play at the same level of intensity against a less-leveled skill team, as we would against a top team like Handley,” Gonzalez said.

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