On October 7, 2010, Lift For Life Academy’s high school softball team traveled to Webster University to take part in a special practice where they learned skills and techniques from the Webster University NCAA DIII Softball team.  Throughout the day, Lift For Life Academy softball players were paired with a member of the Webster team and taught one-on-one skills.  Then after they played some skill games, the Webster University team took the field and showed the girls their pregame warm-up.

Catchers from both teams working together.

Lift For Life Academy’s Assistant Coach, Elizabeth Eisele, introduced the idea of practicing with Webster University to Lift For Life’s Head Coach Ryan Enata and he jumped on board immediately.  “This is only the second year of the program and it’s such a great opportunity for our girls to learn from some college players,” said Coach Enata.

Coach Eisele knows Webster’s softball team well because she played there from 2006-2008.  “Softball has been a part of my life for so long and it’s great to teach the game to the next generation.  Hopefully this trip to Webster inspired them to continue to play this game and love it just as much as I do,” explained Coach Eisele.

Last year Webster University’s softball team finished as the regular season St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions with a 14-2 conference record (24-13 overall).  The 2011 season sees the Gorloks first traveling to Mississippi for a tournament and they will see their first home action on Saturday, March 12, against DePauw University at 1pm.

In their second year of the program, Lift For Life Academy’s softball team won their first game against Brentwood High School.  Next year the team will return all of its players from the 2010 season and look to expand on the leadership of their new seniors.

LFLA girls warm-up

Lift For Life Academy is St. Louis City’s first independent charter school founded in 2000.  Currently the school serves grades 6-11 with the plan to expand to 12th grade for the 2011-2012 school year.  Lift For Life Academy’s mission is to offer all St. Louis City students the opportunity to succeed academically and socially in a supportive, enriching environment that promotes life-long learners.

WU practices infields drills