TUCSON — A trio from the Vista Grande softball team began playing together long before they were in high school, and Wednesday evening was the last time they shared the same field after being selected as Southern Arizona All-Stars.
Although they were not on the same team, it was technically the last time Bri Jorgensen, Amyah Boostedt and Brooklyn Flores represented the Spartans before they go their separate ways to begin their college careers.
It was also the last time Flores and Boostedt played with Rudy Valenzuela as their head coach, but both athletes agreed that the moment did not feel like it was the final time.
“I don’t really think of it as the last time even though it technically was,” Boostedt said. “I always think of the championship game as the last time.”
Flores added that she couldn’t think of Wednesday’s game as the last time without the whole Vista Grande team being together.
“I really noticed how much I’m not going to like playing with other girls without having the whole team,” Flores said. “We can’t joke and laugh like we usually do with each other and it’s just like, ‘Oh, where’s Selena? Oh, where’s Alyssa? Oh, they’re not here.’ We’re just by ourselves.”
The trio has been together for a long time as all three were members of the 2016 Little League team that competed in the Western Regionals.
According to them the all-star game felt ‘weird’ and they came to the realization of just how tight their bond is with each other and with the rest of girls on the Vista Grande team.
“I’m scared that I’m not going to be able to have the same bond with another team,” Jorgensen said. “We’re all so close, we’ve always been together, but I feel like it’s not going to be the same when I go up to (play in college).”
While the girls are used to playing on different teams for club ball, they rarely get the opportunity to play against each other.
They also felt that the short amount of time that had passed since the high school season ended on May 18, also contributed to the awkward atmosphere of the all-star game.
“We can all adapt and adjust to new people easily,” Flores said. “But it’s like, ‘Dang, I miss playing with those girls because it’s not the same. You don’t have the same bond, you can’t joke around, you can’t have fun like you usually do. If we lose, we build each other up and we know what we’re capable of and we work on it together. It’s just different, it’s not the same when it’s not with the girls.”
Wednesday’s game was a bit of a preview for Jorgensen and Flores being opponents rather than teammates. Jorgensen will play for Phoenix College next year and Flores will be at Central Arizona College.
Another Vista Grande senior who was also selected as an all-start but was not available was Jazzy Joaquin who will play for South Mountain Community College.
Boostedt is the only one who will be on her own as she is headed to Southern Utah University.
“I was just crying about it (the other) night,” she said. “I’m excited of course, but I’m kind of scared. I don’t know what to expect at all ... We’ve been playing on the same middle school team, high school team and everything. We’ve been together for a long time.”