While softball season is coming to an end, two Basha High School, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive, seniors, who live in Queen Creek, are reflecting on a record breaking season. They met their goal of going as far as they could in the playoffs. And they made the top eight.
“It’s always one of my goals to try to get the seniors what they want,” Scott Hoffmeyer, head coach of Basha’s girls softball team, said.
Allie Hancock and Brooke Breland combined hit 25 home runs.
Hancock, 18, hit 14 home runs during the season, breaking the record by three home runs.
“Brooke had a great season too; she hit 11. The Basha record was 11 by Kailey Regester back in ‘09. Brooke was getting close to it. But she got in a car accident and slowed down from there. And from that point Allie kind of went on fire,” Hoffmeyer said.
“I am always proud of all them so when she broke the record against Perry at Perry, that’s always nice,” Hoffmeyer said. The game that Hancock broke the record was played April 21, against Perry High School, 1919 E. Queen Creek Road.
“It’s really cool. It’s good to know that hard work pays off. I’ve been working hard all season,” Hancock said.
Not only is 14 home runs a new school record, but Hancock also is in the lead for Division I of the Arizona Interscholastic Association, for number of home runs hit this season. Breland’s 11 home runs have her at seventh in the division.
The two seniors took on a leadership role.
“This season for them was fantastic. I saw them grow, had their first chance to be leaders, which is good for them.” Hoffmeyer said.
For Hancock and Breland, the transition to leadership was easy.
“A lot of them looked up to us and they kind of let us take charge and they kind of just followed us.” Hancock said “They respected us and we respected them.”
But with such a young team, the seniors just wanted to do the best they could.
“We talked about it all year, just like wanting to make state,” Breland said.
And Hancock and Breland led the team to state, even making it all the way to the top eight.
“That we made it to the top eight with a young team was our biggest accomplishment,” Breland said.
Hancock said after graduation she will be playing softball at Pima Community College and will be majoring in sports psychology. Breland will be playing at the University of New Mexico, possibly majoring in nursing. Both girls are receiving scholarships to play in college.
Looking forward for the team, Hoffmeyer has a few goals: one is getting back to the championships.
“The younger kids got a taste for it and now hopefully their desire is to go back,” Hoffmeyer said.