Haley Irwin has a lot of time on her hands right now. She should be enjoying her senior season on the diamond for the Ste. Genevieve softball Dragons. Instead, she’s still waiting…wondering if she’ll ever step on a softball field as a player again.
Last year, Irwin was a part of a great season for SGHS. The Dragons went 15-7, falling just one game short of a district title. She hit .302 for Ste. Gen, with two home runs and ten RBI. She had an opportunity to reflect a little on her time with the Dragons.
Q: When did you start preparing for your final high school softball season?
Irwin: “I started preparing for my last year of softball during the summer with my traveling league team.”
Q: I know nothing has officially been cancelled, but what are your thoughts on you and your teammates not being able to get on the diamond for competition?
Irwin: “My thoughts on us possibly not getting a season really breaks my heart…especially for us seniors. For some of us, this was going to be our last time playing softball ever, unlike Alyssa Huber who will be playing with MAC. I’m so proud of her and her accomplishments, and I can’t wait to go watch her play.”
Q: What has been your top memory of your time participating in Ste. Gen sports?
Irwin: “My top memory would be the time I hit two home runs off of Potosi for two years in a row. None of us saw it coming, and my teammates were telling me to do it again, and sure enough, I did!!”
Q: What are your plans for after graduation?
Irwin: “My plans after graduation is to attend MAC for two years, and then transfer to SEMO to finish out. I’m uncertain about what I want to major in, so I’m going undecided for now until I figure that out.”
Q: Here’s your chance to tell the eighth graders what they need to know for their next four years at SGHS. What words of advice do you have for them, especially those who hope to play sports for the Dragons?
Irwin: “Eighth graders, don’t be scared of high school. These are going to be the best years of your life, and you will remember it for a long time!! My advice for you is not to rush. Don’t take everything for granted. Have all the fun you can these four years that you have.”