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Normal West Wins Emotional Opener, 5-0

Wildcats 'Play For Livi' To Win Opener

NORMAL, Ill. - Normal West just wanted to 'Play For Livi.'

The Wildcats did just that and won their season opener, 5-0 over visiting Metamora, just a week after the death of popular player Olivia Sonetz.

"We knew that we could do this, we had to do this for Livi, it wasn't easy for us to come out here and play, but that's what Livi wanted us to do," said Normal West coach April Schermann. "She was such a fiesty, fierce competitor, and we tried to take in her spirit and her contagious energy and come out and play for her."

Sonetz died from injuries in a two-car crash in Normal on March 6. The 17-year-old was driving home from softball practice.

"We came out and we, regardless of the score, we just wanted to play for Livi." said freshman Kacie Quick, who replaced Sonetz in the lineup as the starting second baseman. "We didn't care, win, lose, or tie, we just wanted to come out here and play our hearts out for Livi and we knew she would be with us the whole time."

Ellie Sonetz, a softball player at Heartland Community College, wore the uniform of her younger sister in a pregame ceremony honoring Olivia's life. The team has adopted the phrase 'Play For Livi' as a theme for the rest of the season.

 


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