Sierra Shaw will do anything to ensure that her team succeeds.
Recently, the senior set the Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Association state record for hit by pitches in her career with 28, including 15 this season.
“It shows how (tough) I am at the plate and that I’m not scared to take a hit,” Shaw said.
Shaw is one of six seniors wrapping up their softball careers, joining Brandi Vara, Hope Martinez, Berenise Ibanez, Tabby Mabry, and Sam Coronado.
Shaw is one of the team captains and head coach Aaron Coleman lauded Shaw as one of the key contributors the team.
“She is fearless. Sierra likes getting hit. Sierra looks forward to getting hit,” Coleman said. “Being willing to get hit at the more than anyone else, speaks for itself when talking about what type of an athlete Sierra is.
“She is a bull a china shop. … I don’t know if I will ever see another player with her level of intensity.”
Shaw is not the only senior making an impact on the field this season.
Shaw’s middle infield partner in crime, Vara, also has been making waves.
Coleman spoke highly of his starting shortstop.
“Brandi is a smooth player with sneaky speed, a keen awareness on the bases and a surprisingly big bat,” Coleman said. “Her outstanding bat speed allows her to catch outfielders off guard and her base running savvy makes her a vital asset to our team.”
Ibanez is another senior playing her final season as a member of the Chaparral softball program. After being initially cut from the program as a freshman, Ibanez returned and became a stalwart in the Cowboys lineup.
“She accepted (the challenge of trying out for the team as a sophomore) and found herself as the starting pitcher for JV her sophomore year,” Coleman said. “She continued to hold that role through her junior year and as a senior has manned our centerfield spot all season as a starter.”
Mabry accepted the role of designated player and is completing a four-year varsity career.
“She has been bringing clutch at bats to the middle of our lineup all season, both getting scoring rolling and keeping big innings going,” Coleman said.
Coronado overcame some injuries during her stint with the softball team, settling into a job as a right fielder.
“Sam has managed to have a positive attitude and gritty mentality in working to keeper herself on the field,” Coleman said. “Her big bat and strong arm have provided quality minutes for us.”
Martinez is the final senior, joining the program despite not playing in previous seasons.
“Hope is the smallest player on our team, but she is probably pound-for-pound one of our toughest,” Coleman said. “She has an invaluable work ethic that is going to serve her well in life. I am very proud of what she has accomplished this year.”
Senior Troy Richards contributed to this report.