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Ximena Gomez is the starting third baseman for the varsity softball team at Madill High School. Coming into the summer prior to her senior season, Gomez and her teammates were hoping they would get another shot to play this fall and when she got word they would get to practice and play she couldn’t wait to get back on the field.

“I hated being in quarantine for so long. I missed seeing all my people and being able to interact with them in person. I was so ready to go back to school. Knowing that it was my last year as an athlete too, I couldn’t wait to get back to work,” said Gomez. “I don’t want to take anything for granted and I definitely didn’t want to waste anymore time than what already was, so being back on the field was a huge relief and excitement to finally start the season!”

Playing with this group and improving with every outing has the excitement level growing for the Madill fastpitch team.

“This year has been a huge improvement in my opinion. As a whole team we’ve gotten a lot closer, created a new family motto and do our best every day to live by it. We’ve achieved a lot more than we did last year and it’s honestly the best feeling to be a part of especially my senior year. I love my girls and every game we play together is a step closer to us making improvements while learning to play with fun and love for the game,” said Gomez.

Softball isn’t her only activities at school. Gomez is involved in Student Council, National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her plans after she graduates will include attending Southeastern State and pursuing a business degree. Gomez said she’s inspired by her teammates to continue to work and get better.

“This year we’ve had a few new people join the softball team and every single girl on it has become a sister. A teammate of mine, Joslyn Stumblingbear, it’s her first year playing and she’s been pushing me to be a better player, challenging me to step up and lead the team as best I can by setting a good example for others to follow. Showing her to play the sport of softball has taught me what it means to always practice and play like it’s your first and last time on the field. She also taught me personally that trying a new thing might be out of your comfort zone and be unpredictable at times but letting yourself experience a new environment isn’t always a bad idea. Progress always comes with struggle, so I chose to keep that mindset when I graduate after high school, to keep my eyes open for what comes next, always put my best intentions to the plate and never give out anything less,” said Gomez.