With five senior starters in the lineup, Vista del Lago’s varsity softball team was stacked with leaders last year.
This year there are only two seniors on the roster, returning shortstop Ashley Muzzi and Nicole Bruns. Muzzi returns as a key contributor from last year’s team, while Bruns is getting her first extended playing time after only nine plate appearance at the varsity level last season.
Muzzi is the glue that has held the young Eagles together so far this season, especially in the infield where the Eagles start three freshmen in catcher Lindsey Fenton, first baseman Emily St. Dennis and second baseman Cherise Silvan. A fourth freshman starter, Emily Moran, broke her wrist and was replaced in the infield by Bruns.
There is no question Muzzi is the team leader and despite her quiet nature, she has embraced the role.
“I’ve always been a quiet leader and I’ve had to take charge more this year, which is new to me,” Muzzi said. “It’s stressful at times, but it’s what I have to do.”
Muzzi’s teammates appreciate all she does for them and the team.
“Ashley is a quiet leader who holds us together,” Fenton said. “It’s a little scary having such a young team, but we all depend on each other and Ashley is like that security for us.”
Pitcher Olivia Brown added, “Muzzi is a big leader for us, even though she’s a quiet leader. “One look in her eye and you know she’s got your back.”