We have been following Sarah Harms as she spends the summer playing with the Worcester Hawks. Recently we had a conversation with Sarah about the season so far. Below are some excerpts from that conversation.
Q: What are your teammates like?
My teammates are great. It was really easy to make friends with my teammates because they were all very welcoming and interested in the fact that I was from across the country. There was a lot of comparing accents, I didn’t know there were so many different ways to pronounce words. The team really bonded and became a single unit when it came to the away tournaments. When the whole team was staying in one hotel, we all got to know each other really well, and I believe this helped us play like a team on the field.
Q: What’s it like having Ralph Raymond as a coach?
It is such an honor to be coached by Ralph Raymond. He knows so much about the game and all he wants to do is share it with us. He has been around the game of softball for so many years. It was a bit different for me to be coached by him because a lot of the things we do are what the Olympic team did under Coach Raymond. Also, there were times where players from other teams would approach Ralph and ask for a picture with him. It was odd for me to say, “That’s my coach” because of how well known he is. I am learning so much about the game by having him as a coach.
Q: How does it feel to play at this level?
Playing on such a competitive team is very exciting. It’s fun to be successful and play with all my heart. I know that every girl on my team loves the game just as much as I do, and that makes it that much more fun. When everyone is in it for the same goal, we can accomplish great things. We have come across some very competitive clubs, and playing against such talent really makes our team want to compete with them. When we play great teams, we play our best. This competitive spirit makes the game so much better.
Q: How is this preparing you for the future?
One thing I really enjoy about this team is that it is preparing me for college. I am getting a feel of what it is going to be like to play college ball on the east coast. Not only am I experiencing this side of the country, I am experiencing it with some really great friends and teammates..