YORK — When the question was posed to York head softball coach Danyel Seevers when will next season start, the answer was pretty much that it already has.
Maybe it should have been more like it never ends, as the coaching staff never sleeps.
After a 28-5 season that saw the York Softball team reach its pinnacle as far as wins and making the school’s first ever appearance at the state tournament, coach Seevers said the team is already looking at ways to get better.
“Our girls accomplished so much this season. There were many school records broken and our kids continued to pursue the goal of making it to state. To watch this team grow from the start of practice and win 28 games and qualify for state was an awesome experience,” said Seevers. “We are very proud of this team and our program. These girls are continually moving this program forward each year. We are excited for next season and already working on things that need to be done before that gets started.”
The team will return a lot of talent and a lot of starters, but four seniors will move on who will be tough to replace. “The girls are extremely excited for next year. We lose four seniors that will be missed.
Nicole Belfiore has started all four years and Marti Hitz has been a contributor for three years. We will be returning eight starters and we have several junior varsity players that are working and competing hard, for some varsity action,” Seevers stated. “This group continues to raise the bar on their expectations of themselves and their teammates. Now that we have experienced the state tournament atmosphere, they not only want to make another appearance next year but they want to make a statement.”
Two other seniors who were part of the team were Sarah Miller and Breanna Rahder.
Seevers said that they will look back and evaluate how the season went, but it’s more about what they can change to get better, not to change what has already took place.
“We definitely look back and evaluate how the season went and what things we need to change as a program for us to get better,” Seevers added. “We use that to try and get better for next year as opposed to changing what happened this year. We tell the players to learn from the past and use it to get better in the future.”
Seevers is proud of what her team was able to do this season and because of the girls’ athleticism and motivation, she felt coaching this group was her pleasure.
“It was a privilege to coach such a great group of girls that are athletic, motivated, unified and committed to reach their goals, and invested in the York Duke softball program,” Seevers remarked. “We talk a lot about showing up to practice not just to go through the motions but to practice for a purpose. This group set their goals at the beginning of the season and thought about them daily in practice. These girls made my job easy and I am excited to have been a part of such a great year.”