The TSSAA has officially canceled spring sports for the 2020 school year. With that comes the abrupt end for seniors across the county. Some will have the luxury of moving on to play college ball in their respective sports, but the harsh reality is that most kids will never get to play the game they grew up loving anymore.
We at Main Street Preps want to do something to honor these seniors. It is not much, but we are hopeful these senior spotlights will shed light on stellar careers enjoyed on the fields.
This article will focus on the Hendersonville Lady Commando softball seniors: Anna McCarthy, Grace Doucette, Kayla Blackburn, Olivia Simpson, Anabelle Arreaga, and Raven Denton.
“The cancelation of our season was especially hard because we had three girls who were returning off of season-ending injuries as juniors, so we were excited to see their potential come to fruition,” Hendersonville Lady Commando Head Coach Kari Akin said. “Winter workouts make summer champions, and it is disappointing not to get to see the summer part.”
Aiken says she has spoken to the girls and have let them know they will be honored during the Lady Commando Alumni Game Labor Day weekend in September.
As for each senior, they all leave a lasting memory of doing things the right way, working hard, and leaving the program in better shape than they found it.
“Anna McCarthy is one of the best all-around athletes I have ever seen,” Aiken continued. “She is hard-working, does the little things, and sets the example for everyone. She and Grace Doucette embody what it means to be the first and the last one out. Grace led us this year and tried to help make everyone better. Kayla Blackburn is one of the hardest-working kids I have. She made tremendous strides in her game, always had a great attitude, and showed up to every softball event. Anabelle Arreaga was a stand-up player for the younger girls and was always willing to help anyone with whatever it may be. A great kid with a great attitude. Raven Denton has great softball intelligence, and because of that, she could play multiple positions. She was a fantastic athlete for us, and we were excited to see her play this year. Olivia Simpson is a great team player because she took on the responsibility of becoming a pitcher when she had not pitched since middle school. She became a teammate that would do anything for anyone and became a very vocal leader.”
Added Aiken on the senior group: “This is a great group of girls with very high academic standards and a group that was looking forward to closing out their careers together. This was a positive group, and we will miss them next year.”