Back on the diamond

Seth Kinker
Sports Editor

When spring prep sports season were officially canceled in Ohio on Apr. 20,  softball coaches around the state were already talking about what they might be able to do get some softball in this year. 

“Whether or not it was going to end in a tournament or anything, that wasn’t the main focus,” said Fort Loramie softball head coach Brad Turner on initial discussions that blossomed into teams scheduling their own games this summer. “It was, ‘what can we do to provide some sort of softball experience for this year?’” 

Fort Loramie softball seniors Macy Imwalle and Desiree’ Fogt were two of many student athletes around the country that didn’t get to play their last sport of their high school career. 

Both began playing in elementary school, were two of three seniors on the team and were going to be key cogs in the Lady Redskins spring campaign before the pandemic ended that chance. 

Fogt would have been a fourth-year varsity catcher after hitting .407 last year with four homeruns, 27 runs batted in (RBI) and 24 runs scored. 

Imwalle, heading to Edison State next year to continue her softball career, spent the beginning of her high school career in the outfield but was moved into the infield late last year. Offensively, she hit .400 with 19 RBIs and 26 runs. 

For Imwalle, she had to go through a similar experience already from the winter and the girls basketball run for the state title that was cut short by the pandemic. 

Ever since basketball I feel like everything has gone downhill,” said Imwalle. “At least now we get to play (softball), that’s something on the bright side.” 

“It was really upsetting because we didn’t get to play (our spring season),” said Fogt. “It’s what we’ve been looking forward to, it’s my only sport , so not getting to play was really hard.” 

Initially it was only a postponement and they thought they would be playing in June before more strict guidelines began to come down the pipeline and cancel that chance as well. 

Then, Turner informed the team as soon as he knew that games were going to be happening after all. 

“It feels good,” said Fogt to The Community Post after playing in the summer season opener, and first game of their doubleheader, on Jun. 1.

“It does,” added Imwalle. “We’re a little rusty but it feels great to be out here. Experiencing it with all our friends…”

“…playing with the underclassman we haven’t gotten to play with yet,” finished Fogt. 

“It really was awesome to have something to do and look forward to,” said Turner on waking up to a gameday on Jun. 1. “To know the weather was going to cooperate, that it was a brand new day and I was waking up with something to look forward to.”