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Marshall seniors hope to create final softball memory

By Nathan Hague
April 21, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Marshall seniors Makayla Powell, left, and Camryn Williams will play their final high school game tonight against Hallsville.

Some of Makayla Powell's and Camryn Williams' fondest memories of playing softball at Marshall High School have come on the bus rides.

"Bus rides, I can recall so many crazy things from bus rides, from freshman year to now," Williams said.

"Bus rides is No. 1," Powell added. "Every year there's been something awesome that has happened on the bus."

Tonight, the seniors will take their final postgame bus ride, but it won't likely be a long one seeing since it'll be in Hallsville, but the Lady Mavs are hoping to save their best for last with a win over the Ladycats.

"It would mean a great deal because it would be our first district win," Williams said.

Marshall and Hallsville met on March 28 when the Ladycats won 5-4.

"Because we came close last time, why not go ahead and give it all that last game? Put it all out there," Williams continued.

Winning tonight would add to the many memories the two have created while playing softball for the Lady Mavs, like when Powell was given her nickname by head coach Alli Shepperd: Noodles.

"Our freshman year, Noodles took a bat swing and her arms just crossed over each other," Williams recalled.

"She was in the outfield and her appendages just seemed to flail," Shepperd added. "I was like, 'control, you're noodles. You look like a limp noodle and then it just stuck after that. It was probably day one of softball her freshman year."

"It's moved to actual school," Powell said. "People from school actually call me Noodles. It's kind of cool."

The fact that they played their final home game on Tuesday has sunk in for both Williams and Powell.

"It hit me after our last home game," Powell said. "When I went home that night, I cried."

"I wouldn't say I cried but it totally hit me," Williams added. "I've enjoyed every minute, even the times we weren't having fun."

Tonight's game will be their final softball game as neither of them will play at the next level.

"I'm going to the University of Houston and I'm going to major in premed biology," Williams said. "Doing clinical rotations and being in all the health classes in high school (got me interested), and I just love Houston."

It was clinicals that interested Powell in her choice of a future career.

"I'm going to Stephen F. Austin to major in nursing," Powell said.

"I'm going to miss the intensity of really good games, like how we get in the dugout," Powell said.

"Those pressure moments where you know you have to produce, you have too, that's what I'm going to miss," Williams continued.

As leaders, Powell and Williams balance each other out as Williams says others might refer to her as the "mean leader".

"I wouldn't necessarily put it that way but they see me as the mean leader but I'm never ugly and I'm never one to tear somebody down," Williams said. "If I truly feel like you need my help, I'm all for it. I don't sugarcoat anything. I'm going to tell it to you like it is, straight up and down."

"I'm definitely the gentle leader," Powell added. "I would love it to get done and I need it to get done, but I'm not like, 'Do it now.' That's where Cam comes in."

The two seniors said, while playing softball at Marshall, they have learned all about patience and confidence.

"Everything is done in moderation and the things that you really, really, really want, you really, really, really have to work for," Williams said.

"You have to believe in yourself and everything you do," Powell said.

Those are some of the things that the Lady Mavs will need in order to pull out a win tonight.

"We've got to come out determined," Powell added.

"We have to have it made up in our minds that we're going to win and that we are capable of winning," Williams said. "I think that all of us feel a little sense of defeat."

"The way we get in our last two innings, is the way we need to come out in the first inning," Powell continued.

"We've got to hit," Shepperd said. "I think that's the name of our game right now. Usually when we hit, we play well defensively as well. So we've got to hit. I think the Mount Pleasant game gave them some confidence as well, playing against the No. 3 team in our district and playing them close, 5-2 is encouraging."

Maybe that last bus ride home will be the best one yet.

First pitch for tonight's game is slated for 7 p.m. in Hallsville.

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