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Bonita Vista softball team gathering resolve to excel Phillip Brents | Fri, May 04 2012 01:28 PM

Sitting at the top of the Mesa League standings with a 7-0 record (18-3-1 overall), the Bonita Vista High School softball team once again looks like a contender to win its division at this year’s San Diego Section championship finals.

 Led by junior shortstop Hannah Flippen, the Barons hope to get over the hump and win the championship trophy this spring.

“Losing in the finals last year was hard, none of us saw it coming,” Flippen said. “This year, we use it as motivation, and hopefully that will help us bring the trophy back to Bonita Vista High.”

With four players committed to Division I colleges: Flippen (University of Utah), Jennifer Hartman (Sacramento State), Anissa Pinedo (University of Buffalo) and Celinna Cosio (University of Long Island), the Barons appear stronger than ever.

“I do not want to go through what happened last year again,” Flippen said. “Our goal is to win CIF and we will not stop until that goal is achieved.”

With six seniors on the team, many critics think this could be the last year the Barons have a shot at the title.

“If we keep on doing what we have been doing in the past, carry over the desire and determination to excel to every aspect the game might throw at us, I think we will have no problems repeating the success of previous years,” junior outfielder Natalie Cox said.

“Our expectations for next year are to strive together as a team and also to work hard every day,” Cox added. “By sharing these common aspirations, we will take on and accomplish anything we may set forth.”

With the division playoffs just around the corner, the Barons hope to produce a different ending than the one last year and are more determined than ever to do so.

“I have been waiting for this moment for a year now and I am excited it has finally come,” Flippen said. “We are going to leave our hearts on the field every game. We know we won’t have this opportunity every year, so were looking at this as an ‘all or nothing’ mentality.”

The BVHS softball team has demonstrated that it is more than just a team: The Barons have been up and down together and those experiences will never be forgotten. No matter what the outcome may be this year, these girls will always share a special camaraderie.

“As a team, we have become a unified family on and off the field,” Flippen said. “We are sisters, best friends and are always there for each other. We hope to do great things together.”

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