Fraser High softball experienced and ready

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published April 30, 2019

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FRASER — Prior to a recent game against Warren Cousino, Fraser High softball coach Matt Fishburn said, “I think we got a really good team, and I know we can do some great things. We just got (to) find our identity and things will work out for us.”

Following those comments, the Ramblers proceeded to beat Cousino 20-2 in a dominant road victory.

However, things haven’t always been that easy for Fraser this season.

At press time, the Ramblers were 4-5 overall and 2-2 in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division.

Although Fishburn acknowledged it’s not the start the team wanted, he has seen enough of his team to think better days are ahead.

“There’s a long way to go,” Fishburn said. “I’m optimistic. I know these girls will turn it around. We’re looking to win league, and our district, and go from there.”

Senior Jacklyn Masch also thinks things can get better for Fraser.

“I see so much potential in us,” Masch said. “We are more like a family, so it’s easier to play with each other when you see each other like family. I feel like we’re (going to) do better.”

Sophomore Jaiden Lara can make it easier for Fishburn to be optimistic. Lara can both pitch and hit, and Fishburn said she broke four or five school records last year.

“I knew of her, but I didn’t know how good she was,” Fishburn said. “She’s a gamer.”

The support Lara has around her could also go a long way toward helping the Ramblers’ cause.

“We got a lot (of) other girls that are returning starters, two-, three-year starters, that are very talented, (and) could step up and help us as well,” Fishburn said. “I think we have a good solid core of girls returning. … We’ll get there.”

Talent on the field isn’t the only thing that can help the Ramblers. Fishburn said Fraser has a new facility, and he likes what it has done for the program.

“We got two new fields and a batting cage,” the coach said. “Our atmosphere at Fraser, I think, is one of the best in the county now, with our new speaker system. … Having two fields next to each other, I feel we got one of the best facilities around.”

Fishburn said the program is very healthy.

“We’re one (of) only a few teams in the county that has a freshman team,” he said. “So, our numbers are good and our JV’s doing well.”

Up next, Fraser plays at 4 p.m. May 2 at Port Huron Northern.