We have had an exciting time following Sarah Harms with the Worcester Hawks this summer. In this third and final interview we have learned what she enjoyed most and what she has brought back home.
Q.What friendships did you make?
I made friends with every single one of my teammates. Saying goodbye after our last game was so tough because I knew I had no way of seeing those girls unless I traveled out east again. With working with my catcher a ton during the season, we really got to know each other on and off the field. It’s always super easy to make friends with girls who love the sport of softball as much as I do. We were all in it for one goal and we came together as a team really well.
Q.What did you learn about playing on an elite team?
Playing on such a competitive team has taught me a lot about the game. Coaches on the east coast tend to explain things differently, and it was interesting to hear a new opinion on how to play the game. I learned so many tips about my swing and about my pitching as well. More importantly, I learned that when each and every girl steps in and gives it all she has, our team could compete with anyone. The best teams out there compete with heart.
Q.What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that it was harder than I originally thought to stay away from my family for nearly two months! I’ve never played a whole summer season without my parents there and supporting me. Although I knew they were there in spirit, I still missed them. I also gained a lot of knowledge of the culture and history of the east coast.
Q.If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?
If I could do it all over again, I would have spent more time with my teammates. It wasn’t really until the third or fourth tournament where I really started to bond with my teammates and hang around them a lot. At the end of the season, I wished that I had been closer with them sooner. It was so difficult to leave them! Also, I probably would have worn more sunscreen. The sun’s rays can get very strong over there!
Q.What tips can you offer other softball players?
Looking back, I would say to just make the most of it. Cherish every game and every moment with your team because before you know it, the season is over! Never have a bad attitude during a game, because why would you be upset during softball when you could love it? Softball is so much more fun when you’re smiling!
Q.How do you feel returning to Wilsonville?
Although I am so glad to be back in Oregon, I know I will miss my teammates and coaches dearly! This trip was so much fun and such an experience, and I’m so thankful for the parents, coaches, and teammates that helped to make it such a good time for me..