It didn't take Chloe Warren long after the end of Wahconah Regional's softball season to put things in perspective.
Sure, the program fell two wins short of another state championship, but 2013 had plenty of accomplishments -- among them a 21-game win streak and a Western Mass. Division II championship.
"We accomplished a lot this year," Warren, a freshman and the final Eagle Player of the Week for the spring season, said Sunday. "It was a great season."
Warren drove in four runs in Wahconah's final two games. She's one of the promising young players who will have to lead the next group of Warriors in 2014 and beyond.
It should be no surprise, then, that Warren learned a lot from her predecessors -- a strong senior class, including her mentor, Gabby Lavinio.
"I was a freshman out there with eight seniors," Warren said. "Just being able to be out there was a thrill for me."
It may have been followed by 21 straight wins and a sectional championship, but the two-game losing streak to start the season stuck with Warren and the Warriors.
"I think we had it in us [to win those games]," she said. "I don't think we were as prepared as we were for the rest of the games.
"Winning Western Mass. showed we were the best. A lot of people doubted us after we lost those first two."
Those same people may doubt Wahconah again to start next season, as the Warriors will defend their Western Mass. title with a relatively new lineup. Warren saluted the outgoing senior class' legacy -- which included a state title as sophomores -- but admitted she doesn't know what's next.
"There are eight people leaving, so there are only five left," Warren said. "A whole bunch of new people have to come up."
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