Gabrielle M. Age 11
My softball field should be a Briggs & Stratton Diamond in the Rough field because I play for an all girl softball league and our field doesn’t compare to the boys’ field. It is basically just a grassy area with no bases, an old batting cage and no place for parents to sit and watch from. There are so many rocks in the infield that my dad and uncle have to rake it before each game. Last year my little sister went for a grounder and the ball hit off a rock and whacked her in the eye.
My field needs a new infield with no rocks. We need build in bases because we now have temporary ones which slide around when you run on them. We also need a new batting cage that could maybe be moved a few yards in, so that parents could sit close by on the grass and not on the edge of the street. There are also a lot of little sisters and brothers who watch us and it isn’t safe for them by the road.
Softball has give me the Power Within on and off the field by making me more self confident about my skills. I wasn’t really good when I first tried out for the team when I was six years old, but now I am. It has taught me that if I work hard and practice there are many things in life I can be really good at. It makes me feel special to belong to a team and work with other girls and help each other. Because of softball I have met a lot of new girls and have many more friends and it has showed me that if I put my mind to it I can do anything.