Prior to the Westwood High School softball game on April 24, the Westwood Warriors softball team recognized a few of their senior players. One of those recognized was No. 15, Ana Makil, a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The team presented gifts to the players and also recognized their parents. Jason and Rebecca Makil joined their daughter out on the mound. Current players, fans and family members said thank you to the seniors for their hard work during the season.
Afterward, the final home game started, against Scottsdale’s Chaparral High Firebirds. The Warriors played hard through most of the game. The Firebirds got in a run in the top of the fourth and three more in the fifth inning. By the seventh inning, the Firebirds had defeated the Warriors 4-0.
“Ana has been a leader of our team this year,” said head softball coach Dave Boomgaard. “She has gone from being a bit player last year to an everyday, all-the-time player this year.”
Boomgaard said Makil has improved from her junior year. “It is hard to compare it; she has become one of our most reliable fielders and one of our leading hitters.”
According to the coach, Makil is one of the main reasons that Westwood softball has had its best season in at least 10 years. “She will do anything you ask of her and never complain,” he said.
The coach added that he is very proud to have Makil on his team. “We will miss her after this year. I hope she aims to continue playing softball after her high school years, and I would do everything in my capacity to have that happen. In short, she is a great player and a better person,” said Boomgaard.