By: Kaylee Darnell
The Titans softball team has officially begun their fall season and started with a home opener against Lake Michigan College. They played Sept. 18 and came out with two wins in a sweep of the double header.
The team has been practicing Mon. through Fri. every week, with two-a-days three days a week. They used their practices to prepare for their fall games that are to come.
“It’s honestly a great feeling to come out with two wins right off the bat. We lost a lot of valuable players last year so to have a lot of newbies come in and gel right away is one of the best possibilities. The entire team rallied together to keep stringing hits and we came out on top both times. There’s no better overall win than when a team truly feels like they’re all on the same page,” Haley Fair, sophomore outfielder, said.
The team brought in three freshmen and two transfers, to bring their team total to 16 – one of their smallest teams in the program history.
“Going from a really big team with five seniors who were the overall voice, to 16 girls and only two seniors is a big difference. It’s definitely something that this team is more than capable of; it’s just the learning growth we had to overcome together. We had to adjust completely, but in the end I think we came out on top, as well with two wins,” Katie Getz, senior catcher, said.
The team has another home double header on Sept. 24 where they play cross-town team Bethel. After that game they will play in the Troll Bowl at Trinity Chrisitan College on Oct. 1.
“Starting off with two wins with such a new and young team is a great feeling. It pumps you up and makes you want to work even harder to make yourself and your team better than you were the day before. We’re still putting in the work day in and day out, and we don’t plan on stopping. We’re going full force until our final game of the season come May,” Jaela Patton, sophomore infielder, said.
The team finishes their fall season after the Troll Bowl, looking to pick up indoor games throughout the winter. After those games, their season will officially begin in March.
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