The summer high school softball season wrapped up for the Woodward Boomers on Monday.

Coach Matt Pruett feels his girls have benefited greatly from the experience of a 21-game summer.

“The summer program has brought new meaning to fast pitch softball in Woodward,” said the coach.

The amount of participation the league received from surrounding communities was good and the support from the fans was huge, according to Pruett.

Woodward graduated nine seniors and is looking at a lot of hole to be filled and a lot of questions to be answered.

Pruett said over the course of the summer some of those questions were answered.

“It was a great opportunity for me to see the younger players in a game situation. In the past I have been blessed with a lot of talent,” he said. “This season has given me a chance to see the talent that is coming into the program so we can build for our season.”

Pruett said he had high expectations coming into the summer, adding that the Boomers were definitely in the top three teams that were playing in the league.

Another plus is that the Boomers are so much farther ahead of schedule from where they were last year at this time.

“I have had some upcoming freshmen step up and some pitchers show me some good stuff,” Pruett said.

Pruett said the goal was not to come out and win every game, but more to get all the girls in the game in a variety of positions to see what they can do.

“This league will make us tough over the next four years,” he said.

The attitude and effort were the biggest surprises for Pruett this summer.

“Those are two things you cannot teach and the team had it this summer,” Pruett said.

Pruett said all the coaches of the league schools told him they had a great time and they all want to come back next summer.

Pruett hopes the league will grow and bring in more teams in the future.

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