Softball seniors say farewell to game
May 22, 2009
As the seniors on the Park City High School Lady Miners softball team walked off the field for the last time this month, they took with them legions of memories from both on and off the field.
Kaylee Chester, Amy Giuliano, Sierra Brassey and Amanda Gold all joined the Park City High School softball team as freshmen. Alex Holt became part of the team as a senior.
Chester had moved to Park City the summer before ninth grade from Southern California. She had been playing softball for years and she made the varsity team as a second baseman and outfielder.
"It definitely helped me adjust and find my place in Park City," Chester says. "If I hadn’t had softball for the past four years, I don’t know where I’d be right now. Making those friends and teammates new sisters is pretty priceless."
Giuliano, who played third baseman and outfielder, picked up a bat when she was about 10 years old. "Softball has been a big part of my life," she says.
Brassey, a centerfielder, also joined the team four years ago. "Softball taught me a lot of lessons that I wouldn’t have learned from high school alone," she says.
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Gold, who is graduating a year early, has played on the team as a shortstop for the past three years. "I’ve always loved the sport," she says. "I’ve met some of my closest friends on the team and they will be my friends for life."
Holt may have been the last senior to join the team, but she never felt like the odd woman out. "I didn’t know most of the girls when I started and they had been playing together for years, but everyone was very welcoming to me," says the outfielder.
Kaylee Chester’s dad, Scott, became the Lady Miners’ coach during his daughter’s sophomore year. "The father-daughter relationship can be difficult on the field, but I wouldn’t have traded it for anything in the world," Kaylee says. "It’s something that my dad and I have truly bonded over and was such a blessing to be able to play with him all these years."
The seniors’ favorite memories revolve around their best plays and bonding experiences.
Holt remembers getting her first hit in during a tournament in St. George in the beginning of the season. Chester hit a triple against Judge last year to score the winning run and help the team beat its rival for the second time in two days. "I will never forget that my entire life."
Giuliano said she will remember bus rides to games and Gold recalled a prank that the girls schemed up together during a tournament. The seniors took all of the underclassmen’s clothes and strung them up on a line outside. Then the sprinklers went off, although Golf maintains that that was not a part of the plan.
"My favorite memories would be all the trips to St. George, all of the winning games and all of the friends I’ve made," says Brassey.
All of the senior Lady Miners plan to continue to play softball in one form or another as they move on to the next stage of their lives.
"Softball will always be a part of life," Chester says. She adds that she hopes to follow in her dad’s footsteps and coach one day.
Holt says that she looks forward to playing softball at family functions and for fun during her years in college.
Giulano and Gold both expressed a desire to play on intramural teams in college.
Chester summed up the seniors’ time on the team in a few words: "It was an amazing experience. That’s really the only way to put it."
For player stats and more information about the Lady Miners, visit http://ladyminerssoftball.com.