Bishop LeBlond hasn’t had a softball team since 2017. That is until now.

Golden Eagles head coach Mallory McCullough was hired in May 2018, but this is her first year having a team to coach. Seeing her team cheering and having fun during their first week together brought a big smile to her face.

“That’s what I’m the most proud of them for,” McCullough said. “I tell them all the time, I don’t care what the score is. What I like to see is if we’re making plays or making mistakes we’ve got girls standing against the fence cheering them all and that it’s still fun for them.”

Senior outfielder Shelbi Kempf said the team wants to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves and that they do not get too down on themselves.

“We have to keep the energy up to keep each other happy,” Kempf said. “It makes it more fun.”

While having fun is important, LeBlond still wants to get better and see improvement as the season progresses.

“We are learning the basics and we’re trying to stick to the fundamentals of what we know,” McCullough said. “They’re learning, every mistake they’re learning. If I yell at them, that’s because it’s something important I want them to remember. Our No. 1 priority is to be here. We are happy to be here. Just have fun. They’re only in high school once.”

Kempf, who is in her first season playing softball, is excited to see how this team grows from now to the end of the season.

“I’m looking forward to getting better,” Kempf said. “Getting closer as a team and it will be a lot of fun.”

LeBlond may not win as many games as they would like this season, but for the first time in two years, they have a chance to play again and that’s what is most important.

“We’re just happy to be wearing purple on the field again,” McCullough said.

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