Lena Richards is loud and proud to be a softball player.
After shouting words of encouragement to the Papermakers all season long, the Camas High School senior second baseman was the loudest one in the dugout during the Southwest Washington All-Star Challenge Wednesday, on the Clark College softball field.
“My voice comes and goes, but it always comes back,” Richards said. “Yelling is part of the game. That’s what makes it fun.”
Camas teammates Jennifer Ross and Hannah Welborn joined Richards in the softball showcase, and Brooke Croeni represented Washougal. The baseball All-Star Challenge was going on at the same time across the street, at Propstra Park. It featured CHS seniors Blake Christopher and Reilly Hennessey, and coach Joe Hallead.
“It’s kind of cool to play and be on the same team with girls we’ve known forever,” Ross said. “We were able to make friendships within five minutes of meeting each other.”
“We’re all out here for the same reason, and that’s the love for the game,” Welborn added.