Ask anyone, Caddo Magnet High has traditionally been known more for its academics than its sports. But, the Lady Mustangs softball team is trying to show everyone they're much more than a group of brainiacs and senior catcher Sarah Mitchell is leading the pack.
Leadership isn't just a word it's an action and being a leader is a title you earn not one you're given.
"I know that this team means a lot to me and I'd like to think that I mean a lot to them too," said Sarah.
Sarah Mitchell is the captain of the team and has been playing softball almost her entire life but it's just the opposite for some of her teammates.
With Caddo being a Magnet school, education takes up the majority of the student's time.
All this has led to lower numbers on the softball team and more inexperienced players.
Sarah said, "I really admire them for it because I don't know if I could have done that if I had never played softball before. I would be scared that people would judge me for it. It's tough for them and I know that. I really admire them for it."
Caddo Magnet softball coach, Sarah Hankins, said, “Our enrollment has gone down a lot. We've gone from the 5A District down to the 4A District because of enrollment size. A lot of them are in the AP classes and the dual enrollment and gifted and talented programs and so it's tough on them."
And now sort of a sisterhood has formed within the team. Sarah, who doesn't have any sisters of her own, has become big sister to them all.
"Now that I have these sisters, I don't know what life would be like without them."
Sarah’s teammate and friend, Katy Able said, "They wouldn't be the players they are today if Sarah weren't here to help them with batting and fielding. She gives solid advice."
Coach Hankins added, "I wasn't surprised that they voted her as captain. She can be loud at outspoken but she also leads by example and think that means a lot to her teammates recognized that."
In the end, a great leader not only gives of herself, she's also able to realize what's been given to her. Sarah says she’s been given a second family, a sisterhood and friendships beyond the bases.
"I just want them to know how much they mean to me because I don't know what my life would be like without them because I honestly can't imagine what my life would be like without them and next year is going to be tough without them."
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