These Marysville High School graduates were recently honored by the softball program. They each will continue their diamond careers on the collegiate level. They are from left, Tayler Claybaugh, Muskingum University; Genesis Brooks, Defiance; Izzy Shroyer, the Coast Guard Academy; and Leah Potter, Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Not pictured, Jewely Livingston, Wilmington College. (Photo submitted)
Marysville High School head softball coach Jennifer Segner-Maxwell was looking forward to the 2020 season.
“This was really going to be a special team” said the veteran coach. “Our seniors were showing so much leadership prior to things shutting down in March.”
Like other high school spring sports teams, the Lady Monarchs had begun preseason practices.
Their softball world came crashing down with a thud on Friday, March 13 when the coronavirus pandemic shuttered schools and ended sports.
After a month-long delay, the Ohio High School Athletic Association decided to cancel the spring sports season.
The Lady Monarchs were coming off a 2019 campaign in which they posted a 21-7 record and claimed the Central Division championship of the Ohio Capital Conference.
With a veteran team on hand, Segner-Maxwell was expecting great things.
“These girls would have been ready for anything that came their way,” she said.
They were never, however, allowed to show what they could have accomplished because of COVID-19.
Teams were not permitted to work out during the shutdown. That closed athletes off from their coaches and teammates.
The Lady Monarch coach did all she could to keep in contact with her players.
“We had Zoom meetings with all the girls, but that was so impersonal,” said Segner-Maxwell. “With that in mind, we wanted to do some type of in-person recognition for the girls.”
The coach received permission to do that from school district officials, based on social distancing type of criteria.
The team recently got together to acknowledge players for a season that never was held.
“We talked a lot about what this season could have been,” said Segner-Maxwell. “We read what we would have done for each of our seniors, had we been able to conduct a Senior Night.
“All of the coaches also were able to speak about the girls,” she said. “We also were permitted to give varsity letters to the girls, based on what group they were practicing with when we shut down on March 13.”
The team’s five 2020 seniors earned special recognition from the coaching staff.
Each of them will play softball on the next level.
Pitcher-outfielder Izzy Shroyer will play at the Coast Guard Academy, first baseman Tayler Claybaugh has signed with Muskingum University and outfielder Genesis Brooks will play at Defiance.
A pair of this year’s seniors had to change horses in the middle of the stream when it came to their collegiate choice.
Third baseman Leah Potter and pitcher-shortstop Jewely Livingston were going to join Aggie Livingston’s (Jewely’s sister) at Urbana University.
Aggie Livingston was a freshman catcher for Urbana during the abbreviated college season.
Urbana officials announced earlier this spring the school would close its doors at the end of the semester.
That left Potter and the Livingston sisters looking for other options.
Potter will now play at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
The Livingston siblings will play at Wilmington College.
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