This is a message from Edison softball coach Jeremy Barnes to his team.
If someone would have told me at the beginning of the school year that the softball season would be cut short due to a pandemic, I would have never believed them. No words can explain the predicament that you, your families and especially the emotions that the seniors are going through at this time.
When I first found out of the season being canceled, I had a bunch of stuff going through my head and it all led to one question: How am I going to explain to these young ladies that the season is over? The simple but hardest answer was to come right out and tell you. That is one of the hardest things I have had to do.
Even though I am extremely saddened by the season being cancelled, I am even more heartbroken for the four seniors. This is supposed to be your year to make memories of your last year of high school — whether it is playing softball, going to senior prom, senior night, any other senior activity that I may be missing and especially graduation.
I have been a part of this program for some time, and this being my first year as head coach, I had to manage expectations. At our first meeting I told you that I will give you 100 percent and more and in return I expect the same from you. That set the expectation, and with your hard work and dedication you surpassed those expectations with flying colors.
We will never know how the season would have ended, but what I can say is that you played with your hearts and minds. You never gave up in any game and you played every inning until the final out was played. You all had a job to do and you did it superbly.
I have considered all of you as part of my family and you will always be near and dear to my heart. No matter the situations that are out there. You are all strong and courageous young ladies. Because of this, we will all get through this together.
To all of the returners, myself and Coach Mike are so grateful to have such an awesome group of young ladies returning. If you have learned anything from this pandemic it is resiliency. You are resilient and you will come back stronger than ever before, because you overcame a huge obstacle and adapted to it.
To the seniors, it has been an honor for myself and Coach Mike for you to allow us to be a part of this chapter of your life in the last four years. I have gotten to see you all grow up, from playing South Huntington Beach Girls Fastpitch Softball/Fountain Valley Girls Fastpitch Softball, travel ball and through high school.
This is the time for you to open up another chapter in your life as you move on to college. I am so proud of each and every one of you and I cannot wait to turn on the TV and see you playing softball in college. Always remember, as leaders we lead by example, which makes it easier for others to follow.
I am hoping that this time will pass sooner than later and we can get back on the field doing what we love. With that said, I will leave you with this quote from one of the greatest coaches of all time, John Wooden.
“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
Until then, stay healthy, strong and resilient.
Edison High School Varsity Softball Head Coach