“One heartbeat”

Freshmen on softball varsity prove they belong

The sound of the ball hitting the bat is the sweetest thing in baseball. When freshman catcher and infielder, Sophia Burmeister, hit a home run in her first varsity at-bat in the season opener, she was ecstatic, saying that was her favorite moment this season.

Burmeister has played softball since she was five years old, playing in the Poway Girls Softball League before playing travel ball where she now plays for the Powersurge club with fellow freshmen outfielder Sophia Grimm and pitcher and infielder Mya McGowan, who also play on Poway’s varsity team.

The three freshmen’s previous experience playing on the same team in the past has really helped them this year with their biggest competition yet in the high school varsity level.

“The team has done an amazing job this year,” Burmeister said. “We all have great chemistry.”

Grimm has been playing softball for eight years. She played for many teams before high school, including Elite Prospects, SoCal Breakers, and now Powersurge.

In her limited time on the varsity softball team so far, her hitting has improved tremendously, Grimm said. Her favorite moment so far was a bases-loaded triple.

McGowan has played softball since she was five years old. She says her biggest improvement this season has been staying calm in the big situations since joining the varsity team.

“They are all in the starting line-up and have contributed both offensively and defensively. We were fortunate that they play the positions they do,” manager Jim Bennet said.

“All three of them have had a big impact on our team,” Bennet said.

The team’s motto, “ONE HEARTBEAT,” gives meaning to the team, emphasizing that they feel that not one of their 16 players are better than the other, that they all play a big part.

“The team has really done well. and I’m so proud of all the girls,” Grimm said.