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Marriotts Ridge senior ace Mikayla Barnard earns softball Player of the Year honor

Marriotts Ridge senior ace Mikayla Barnard earns softball Player of the Year honor

Marriotts Ridge senior Mikayla Barnard had to rediscover her love for the game before she became the best two-way player in Howard County this spring.

The Mustangs’ ace and middle-of-the-order hitter had been playing softball since she was 7 years old and developed life-long friendships and traveled to places she wouldn’t have gone otherwise along the way. But there were some dark moments too, like the three concussions she suffered in seventh and eighth grade and freshman year, which made her question if this was truly what she wanted to be doing heading into her final high school season.

“I just got bored of it. I don’t know,” Barnard recalled. “I had three concussions, so I...

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