Player of Week: Haley Fernald
Haley Fernald is emerging as one of the building blocks for the Lake Region varsity softball program.
As a sophomore, Haley has provided the Lakers with two solid pitching performances, giving her team a chance to win against local foes Fryeburg Academy and Poland.
She also brings versatility, able to play multiple positions, including the hot corner at third base.
And, Haley brings pop to the middle of the Laker batting order, knocking one out of the park a year ago at Sacopee Valley and nearly clearing the fence at Fryeburg, denied of a homer by an outstanding catch by Raider all-conference outfielder Mackenzie Buzzell.
“I think what separates Haley from other players is her true love of the game. She takes practice just as serious as she does games. She frequently stays late to get in a few extra swings or a few more ground balls. She wants to improve, and puts in the extra work to make it happen,” Lake Region Coach Wayne Rivet said. “We have seen her take a major step in terms of mental toughness, especially on the mound, shaking off some rough moments in games to make some critical pitches to get out of trouble.”
In recognition of her strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Haley is this week’s Boosters and Hancock Lumber “Player of the Week.”
Each week, a Lake Region athlete is recognized for his/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed t-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber.
The Fernald File
Athlete: Haley Fernald
Year in School: Sophomore
Parents: Daryl Fernald and Regina Pendexter
Sports you play: Softball
School honors: Honors biology
Why did you choose to play softball? I have played softball for over eight years and it’s the first sport to ever bring me tons of joy to play and be around. I play because I love the game and the challenges it puts me in.
What is the most difficult part of the game? I would say controlling your emotions. You have to have a strong mind to play well.
What do you enjoy the most about the sport? I love being around my team and the coaches. They bring lots of love and support, making it even more fun to play and practice.
What do you feel you need to work on and why? I want to improve on everything, but mostly including batting and pitching. Nobody’s perfect, so I work hard every day.
Why is teamwork important? Teamwork is what builds a team, If you don’t have that compatibility, then it is as if you are strangers. Teamwork is what wins games. With everyone’s effort, you can be even stronger.
What is the biggest impact your coach(es) have had on you? My coaches have always been by my side for so many years and I am extremely thankful for them. They have impacted me so much that without them I probably wouldn’t be playing.
How do you want people to view you as an athlete? I want them to see me as someone with a strong mind and a calm athlete. It takes a lot of power to not let some things impact you. I also feel like I put a lot of effort in games and practices. I want to be known as someone who works hard and wants to work for it.
Ten years from now, when you look back on your high school sports career, what do you think you will remember most? I think I’ll remember my coaching staff and teammates. They have impacted me the most and made me into such a strong player. I will never forget them.