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Roswell seniors and coach say goodbye

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David Rocha File Photo Karissa Mesquita slides as the ball arrives at third base.

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As promised, RDR Sports is taking the readers inside the spring teams that have had their senior season taken from them. Today, the readers will hear from Roswell’s first-year coach Rebecca Marrujo and five seniors. Marrujo wanted to stress to her younger players there are no guarantees in life. Marrujo stressed to her returning underclassmen to continue to work on getting better and to be ready when they get their opportunity to play.

From the players

Jasmynne Heisey

“I feel that missing my senior year of softball is very devastating, and I wish I could get another chance to step out on that field for Roswell High School and give it my all. I never expected this all to happen so quickly, but God has a plan. It was a blessing to have been given the chance to practice when we were able to. I am looking forward to continuing my softball career at the collegiate level — my high school career went so fast. Good luck to every senior that is playing in any sport next year and remember, never take the time you get to play for granted.”

Jaiden Van Doorn

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“My last year of high school softball, my senior year. I have looked forward to this moment ever since I can remember. I have been working hard for this season, so I can leave knowing I played my very best every time I was on the field. As for the underclassmen, we tried to be an example of the traditions, of RHS softball and show them what they have to carry on. This was our last year to show them what it means to be a varsity Lady Coyote softball player. I am sad about not being able to play this season, but I am proud of how far my team has come. We practiced our butts off every day we were out there, and never gave up on each other. From this short season, I take pride, strength, endurance, many hardships and a new view on life. Work hard every moment you are given because you never know when it’s your last.”

Karissa Mesquita

“Missing out on my senior year has been tough. Just to think I had my last pitch and did not even know it makes my heartbreak. Everyone looks forward to being a senior on a sport since you are a top dog. It is sad, I do not get to boss people around and use the “upperclassmen” rule anymore. I miss the field and my teammates. I learned not to dwell on this. God has plans for us seniors. As I lose my last year of softball, I will gain preparation and learn not to take anything for granted. Softball has taught me many lessons and I am truly grateful for the person it has shaped me to be today. Thank you softball, it was one heck of a ride. Now, I am on to better things.”

Makenzie Tarin

“I was really hoping and praying that we were going to be able to play softball this year. I mean it is our senior year and the last time some of us would ever get the chance to step on a field again. I don’t know why, but high school softball hasn’t gone the way I would have wanted it to the last five years. I have actually only had the opportunity to play two years out of the last five years. As an eighth-grader, I saw very limited playing time with only a couple of at-bats. At the beginning of the season, I played for Coach Marrujo on junior varsity and was moved up to complete the rest of the season at the varsity level. In my freshman year, I was the starting first baseman and we made it to the state playoffs but came up short.

“During my sophomore year, I was off to a great (start) and then tragedy happened. I tore my ACL at the Rio Rancho tournament. My season was over and my time to be on the mound was gone. I worked hard in therapy and was able to get back to playing all sports. Last year as a junior was a good season where I was named all-district honorable mention as a pitcher. However, I was really looking forward to my senior year. I wanted to go out with a bang. I knew that my teammates and I could compete with the best teams in the state. We were ready to take the field. I guess I could always question why this happened, but to tell you the truth, we will never have an answer. We don’t know why, we only know that we have to keep on going and stay positive. I know God has never let me down in anything I have ever done, so I have to trust in Him. I will miss being a Lady Coyote softball player and my teammates. To the girls that will be there next year, go out and play hard because you never know when your last game might be. I would like to say thank you to my parents Edgar and Jayme Tarin and Coach Marrujo for always encouraging me and never doubting my abilities. I love y’all so much.”

Savannah Florez

“Missing my senior year is extremely tough. I understand that there is no second chances towards anything at this point. The coronavirus not only ruined our season but ruined everything around the world. It’s not just us suffering, but it is everyone that has been working hard their whole life and are not getting their opportunity. There is something special about being a high school senior and what senior year entails. The college players have had plenty of moments in the athletic sun. The younger athletes have the hope of tomorrow, and next year. But you’re only a high school senior once. I will miss donning the cap and gown at graduation. I will miss my date in a tux and me in my gown for my last prom. Life happens and this virus has forced us to grow up faster and live with the reality of life. Just thankful my family and friends are alive and well. I will my senior year of softball.”

 

Coach Marrujo

“As a first-year head coach, you do not picture your first season going this way. The whole season getting canceled for a reason that is out of your control. You walk into a new position with tons of pressure and you prepare to do what you can to be the best you can as a leader. As an athlete, I have always had that excited feeling in the pit of my stomach. As a coach, that same feeling comes back before every game. We were five days away from our season opener and the excitement was setting in. We had a great team that no doubt I knew could do damage in the state of New Mexico this year. There were new changes and the girls were working hard to adjust and become a new team. Hard work was given during each practice because these girls wanted to make a statement. Each of my girls has set standards and goals of what the new year was going to be. It takes a team effort and they were all in and ready to create some noise.

“Thursday, March 12, 2020, I did not realize it was going to be the last time we would have a practice for the 2020 softball season. I would never be able to coach the seniors again. What made it worse, it was raining that day and we had to have an indoor practice so it wasn’t a real practice on the field.

“This group of seniors was a special group. When I moved back to Roswell after graduating from college, my first year coaching for Roswell High softball was with this group as eighth-graders. They were the first team that I had the opportunity to coach. I was able to watch and see these young ladies develop and grow into amazing ballplayers and young women. My heart breaks for not only them but seniors across the nation.

“Yes, we all grow out of high school and move on to better things, but I look back at my high school memories, and my senior year was a year that ended a chapter in my life. For me, there was closure, as for these seniors, there is no closure and no answers as to why this took place. It has affected multiple things in this world. I have always told my girls since day one, control what you can. We have no control over this pandemic, all we can do is grow from this and learn to move forward and don’t lose hope.

“Softball has always been a passion of mine and I know my seniors were passionate about softball. All of them, except one, will never step back on the field. They each have worked hard to become a varsity softball player for the Lady Coyotes. The moment you walk away from something you have dedicated so much time and effort into is the moment you realize what you gained from the opportunity that you were given.

“You create friendships with your teammates and you create memories that you will never forget. You will miss everything about being an athlete once it is over. You will miss the smell of wet dirt or nice fresh-cut grass. You will miss the smell of a new glove. You will miss the noise your cleats make on concrete. You will miss the cheers and chants you sang with your teammates. You will miss the bus rides with your teammates where you shared stories and sang your hearts out.

“As a senior, you are supposed to take the time and enjoy it before it ends, I am sure nobody has ever wanted their season to end this way, but this shows, live in the moment, do not take the time you have for granted, because you never know when it will be the last time that you get to play, get a new glove, get new spikes or even go on your last bus ride. It can all be taken away and you will not be able to go back. So please enjoy it while you are there, play and practice hard and have no regrets.

“I pray this encourages my girls and others to keep moving forward and to trust that God has a reason for this. I left these words of encouragement with each senior after I made a phone call to each of them about their season-ending:

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”

— Romans 5:3-5

“For I know that plans I have for you, says the Lord, they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

— Jeremiah 29:11

“I just want to take this time and thank our seniors for all of their dedication and hard work they have sowed into this program. Savannah Florez, Jasmynne Heisey, Karissa Mesquita, Makenzie Tarin, Jaiden Van Doorn. Forever a Coyote, we love you.”

Coach Marrujo