Progress evident as Raiders wrap up summer softball

As one of the final workouts of the summer wrapped up on a Monday morning in July, Navarre’s softball players were involved in a game of kickball.

“The thing we want them to know is this game is fun, no matter what capacity it’s in,” Navarre head coach Kelly Hayes said. “You want them to have fun and even while playing a game like kickball, you are still learning a lot from it.”

Make no mistake, the Raiders have spent plenty of time playing softball, too, practicing a couple of times a week and playing games once a week since June.

Strides have been made. Hayes is pleased with where the team is now compared to where it started.

“Physically, our footwork is a lot better and baserunning is something we’ve worked a lot on. It’s light-years better than when we started,” Hayes said. “And just working together as a team and communicating effectively. That has gotten a lot better over the summer.”

Rising senior Allison Gutierrez believes the team bond has strengthened over the summer, and that’s key for a team hit hard by graduation.

Read the full article in the July 18 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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