— COURTESY — Weatherford College
The Weatherford College Lady Coyotes were playing their best softball at season’s end, which has head coach Haylee Williams excited about next season.
“Our goal every year is to make it to the World Series, but there are more ways to measure success than just that notch on the season’s list of goals,” said Williams. “I think the team we were at the regional tournament is who we really are, and we played great there, which is a great way to transition into next year.
“I think we build on that next year.”
The Lady Coyotes finished 30-23 overall and reached a third consecutive Region V North Tournament. The WC women went 2-2 in the tournament.
“The regional tournament was definitely the high point of the season,” said Williams. “The kids really came together as a team and a force.
“We fought every single pitch like we had been talking to them about all year. They bought into our philosophy and it showed.”
Williams said she’s encouraged about the group returning from this year’s squad.
“I think the kids coming back next year now know how it feels to play as one, fight as one, and can carry that over and teach our incoming class what that’s all about.”
The longest winning streak for the Coyotes was six games. The longest losing streak was four. The only time WC fell below a .500 record was starting the season 0-2. Their high water mark above .500 was at 21-12.
“We had moments of brilliance on the field, in the circle, at the plate, and on defense — and other moments we were able to learn from,” said Williams. “I think we learned a lot from this season and how to work through adversity. We had a winning record and advanced to the regional tournament, but we want to build and be stronger next season.