Shining Star Senior Night: Warden softball’s Escamilla, Martinez and Chagoya

SPOKANE, Wash. — In a time where our community is doing its best to stay positive and find good things to take from the quarantine brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, there is still importance in recognizing a little hurt and disappointment.

Warden high school softball had a great shot at a state title this season, but their season was canceled, and they will never know what could have happened. Cougar coach Randy Wright has coached three seniors on his team this year since they were eight years old.

Aaliyah Escamilla: A three sport athlete, an all-league four year varsity soccer player, she’s a 4 time state placer in wrestling, and was 2nd this year as a senior. Aaliyah is all-league in fastpitch and a National Honor Society member.

Leanne Martinez: Coach Wright called Leanne a great, consistent leader for his team. She’s like the heartbeat of the Cougars, consistent every day and every year. She’s a slap hitter, and has played all over the field, wherever they need her, Leanne will pursue nursing next year.

Jocelyn Chagoya: This senior had a good shot at breaking Warden high school’s home run record if she got to play this season, according to Coach Wright. His heart hurts for her because she belongs in those record books, but she has also been great on defense for the Cougars at third and first base, she’ll play at Big Bend community College next season.