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Bella as strong as ever

High Schools

July 01, 2011|By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com

"[Bella] said, 'How you doing? OK?,'" Etchegoyen recalled. "Cheyanne was like, 'Yeah, yeah…'

"And then Bella said, 'Hey, doesn't matter. Make up for it this summer.' For her to even say that to Cheyanne and not be worried about herself, it was like, OK, that's Bella. That's her. I think I knew at that moment she was going to be fine."

Bella knows it, too.

"I'm not going to let it affect me, because I can't change the past," she said. "I can only build from the present. I'm just excited for this summer and my recovery, to really jump on it and push myself to limits that I've never known I have. I can't dwell on it. It's only going to make me stronger, and I have people around me that aren't going to let me give up. I'm not going to let myself give up. You know how much I love softball, so I want to get back out there as soon as I can."

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The strength may have temporarily left Bella's body. The confidence and leadership never did.

And, in turn, I'm even more confident that she's the perfect player to lead this year's Dream Team.

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