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Great Falls Central Softball Exceeding Expectations in First Year

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This time a year ago, you would think you were crazy seeing a softball practice inside the gymnasium at Great Falls Central Catholic High School. But now the Mustangs are in the middle of their inaugural season and doing more than just holding their own.

"We’ve kind of exceeded our expectations," says head coach Eric Vincent. "We’ve had 13 games and we’ve won five. I consider that success thus far."

Even more impressive is the fact that the sport isn’t just new to the school. It’s new to some of the players.

"We have nine or ten people that have never played before," says Freshman Pitcher Hannah Vincent. "We’re learning how to connect with the other players. Learning how to pitch because we only have two pitchers."

The newbies are not without some guidance though. The few players that do have experience are helping to build the foundation.

  "We have to start from scratch at times," says coach Vincent. "Just basic fundamentals. And do Drills over and over again. We also have also look for the veterans to provide leadership to the younger girls."

" It takes time to learn it," says Sophomore First Basemen Hanna Tarum. "There’s lots of rules. It’s just something you’ll have to learn with time."

And there could be no better teacher than experience. The Mustangs have wins over class A and B teams, a list that includes  Havre, Dillon and cut bank. Several of their losses have been close contests. Coach Vincent wants to make one thing clear: this year is all about setting the tone for the years to come.

"Next year we’ll be running a Varsity program. We think we’ll be there to compete," says coach Vincent. "We’ve played a few of the teams we’ll see next year. We’ve done quite well against them. So we want to build a big program here. One that’s competitive and one that sustains."

 The city of Great Falls has two high schools that have claimed state softball championships. The Mustangs hope to make it three.

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