HOUSTON – When the Santa Fe softball team took the field this week for its first game of the 2019 season, there was something different about its uniform.
Heading into this year, new uniforms were ordered. Along with the normalcies of a uniform 10 stars were added to the right sleeve of every Santa Fe uniform top.
The 10 stars representing the 10 lives lost in the horrific May 18, 2018 shooting at Santa Fe High School.
“It was an emotional roller coaster,” Santa Fe sophomore Reese Reyna said about when the team saw the uniforms for the first time. “It definitely meant a lot to us. It helped us in every way possible.”
Reyna and teammates Ryleigh Mata and Rylie Bouvier were all freshmen at Santa Fe High School last year.
“It means everything to me, knowing that they are all there with me and I can just look at them and see them there,” Bouvier said about the stars. “It’s hard because they’re not here with us but I know they are mentally here.”
Reyna wasn’t actually at school the morning of the shooting, while Mata and Bouvier were in a geometry class.
“It’s definitely hard and we do but I think this has brought our town closer than ever,” Mata said. “Really it’s just made people see things they’ve never seen before.”
The 10 victims included eight students and two teachers.
“I’ll always remember,” Bouvier said about the day.
Along with the stars on the right sleeve, a Santa Fe Strong will be installed behind the home dugout of the softball field as well.
The roster for Santa Fe Softball is set for the 2019 season but with the 10 stars you can add Christian Garcia, Shana Fisher, Jared Conrad Black, Kimberly Jessica Vaughan, Aaron Kyle McLeod, Cynthia Tisdale, Angelique Ramirez, Glenda Ann Perkins, Chris Stone and Sabika Sheikh to the team.
“It’s everything, it gives me something to look forward to every day when I go to softball I know I’m playing for all of them and not just myself,” Reyna said.
“We have our whole team and I feel like the 10 people are a part of our softball team now.”