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Rachel Masching

Created: 04/09/2014 10:36 PM KAALtv.com

"Rachel has always been the energetic cheerleader of the team. She keeps everyone pumped up. Even if she's not doing so well, she's good at helping other people out," Hayfield softball coach Jana Wagner said.

Masching was doing well in Tuesday's season opener.

The Hayfield senior was 3-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs.

"It's the first game, the first time getting outside, and I was just ready to go," Masching said. "I was fired up."

"We've been waiting for Rachel's bat to come around," Wagner said. "She's one of our speedy players, and we need her on the basepaths, and she finally came around in a game."

It's been a long road for Masching, who's been on the diamond a long time.

"Ever since seventh grade, and before that, tee ball," Masching said. "Ever since I can remember."

Now, as a senior, she hopes to help the Vikings capture that elusive section title.

"Us five seniors are like sisters. We're so close, so it'd be awesome to go to state this year," Masching said.

"We have five seniors that need to pull through and lead our team," Wagner said. "Rachel does that through all her hard work and energy."