Seniors Brittany Dworacyzk, left, and Darian Sanchez have played varsity softball together since freshman year for Calhoun.
As of Friday, April 26, 2013
Best of three: Game 1, 11 a.m. Saturday at Medina Valley; Game 2, Saturday either 30 minutes after Game 1 if Calhoun doesn't qualify for finals in the 1,600-meter relay at Region IV-4A meet or 7 p.m. if it does qualify for finals; Game 3, if necessary, 7 p.m. Monday, Port Lavaca
Brittany Dworaczyk and Darian Sanchez try to put their team first before themselves.
As seniors on Calhoun's softball team, they defend the left side of the infield - Dworaczyk plays third base, while Sanchez plays shortstop - something they've done together since freshman year. They are the leaders on the team, said coach Daniel Castillo.
Calhoun (13-12) opens the playoffs this weekend against District 29-4A champion Medina Valley (24-7). When this season concludes, they will go separate ways.
"We've grown up a lot since our freshmen year, playing wise," said Dworaczyk, 17.
Before playing at Calhoun, Dworaczyk and Sanchez played on the same team in little league softball. Sanchez will play this fall at McLennan Community College in Waco, while Dworaczyk will play at Galveston College.
"She's like another sister beside me," said Sanchez, 18. "We're comfortable communicating with others."
Dworaczyk and Sanchez are the only two seniors on the team, and Castillo made sure they understood that.
With a young team that is still learning, Castillo said his veteran infielders have taken the task seriously of helping the team grow during the season and for the future.
"I told them at the beginning of this season, we're going as far as they take us," Castillo said. "I put pressure on both of them."
For Dworaczyk, the learning never stopped. She recalled the expectations set out for her as a freshman and how much work she has put in to reach those goals.
She has developed into the team's primary power threat, someone who is able to power the ball all over the field. She was second on the team with a .403 batting average.
"I had to live up to their expectations," Dworaczyk said. "I learned that you can't stop; you have to get better every day."
Sanchez said it was important to help others on the team get better.
"Me and Brittany try to keep a positive attitude when the team is down," Sanchez said.
One of those young players, 15-year-old Kelsey Tidrick, said she seeks advice from the team's two senior infielders, particularly on how to improve in practice to get ready for games.
She said they all have fun at practice but are ready come game time.
"They have their downtimes, but they always know how to pull through," Tidrick said. "They definitely deserve to lead this team."
One thing is for certain: Neither Sanchez nor Dworaczyk want their season to end Saturday. They would rather leave on a more positive note.
"This whole team is a family," Sanchez said. "After we leave, we hope our teammates feel comfortable with each other off the field and on."