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Softball rolls through fall practice

October 29, 2015

 

The Lady Techster softball team cheers on their teammates during a game against Harding University in Ruston on Oct. 23–Photo by Avery Bryan

The Lady Techster softball team cheers on their teammates during a game against Harding University in Ruston on Oct. 23–Photo by Avery Bryan

CATHERINE BURKE

Staff Reporter | cjb066@latech.edu

 

Fall ball, a series of out-of-season practice games, has come and gone for the Lady Techsters softball team. Teams of various skill levels have challenged the Lady Techsters in the 2015 fall ball season in both home and away games.

 

Infielder Anna Cross, a senior finance major, said so far she believes the team is the best it has ever been.

 

“We have a really good offense right now and a lot of big bats,” she said. “We’re hoping to have a lot of people come out to watch in the spring because this team is one to see.”

 

Infielder Katie Smith, a sophomore kinesiology major, said the team has really improved over this fall ball season.

 

“Each game we have done some great things,” she said. “There is still room for improvement, but we are on the right track.”

 

Pauline Tufi prepares to field a ball against Harding University–Photo by Avery Bryan

Pauline Tufi prepares to field a ball against Harding University–Photo by Avery Bryan

Smith said fall ball has really helped the Lady Techsters begin to play like a team.

 

“Fall ball kind of gives everyone a feel of things,” she said. “It gives the newcomers an idea of what it is like to play at this level and get the nerves out.”

 

Cross said she thinks fall ball is great for not only the athletes but the coaching staff as well.

 

“It gives us a chance to see where everyone can play and get the team settled in,” she said. “It’s a time to loosen up and let the coaches determine the line up for spring.”

 

Outfielder Morgan Turkoly, a freshman biology major, said she is very confident in this team’s abilities.

 

“We are stacked with talent,” she said. “With the depth and amount of talent we have I would not put any limits on us this season.”

 

Smith said the team chemistry is right where it needs to be.

 

“No matter what the circumstances are everyone on this team has each other’s back,” she said. “Everyone gets a long and we mesh really well.”

 

Smith said the team has big goals this season.

 

“Our coaches have high expectations for us, as do we as a team,” she said. “Our goal is to win conference and even go and win beyond that.”

 

Cross said the Tech community will be impressed with this year’s Lady Techster softball team.

 

“I expect big things this year and so will people when they see us play,” she said. “Tech softball is going somewhere, and we are not slowing down.”

 

The Lady Techsters defeated Harding University in the final game of the fall schedule.

 

The annual alumni game that usually closes fall practice was canceled due to weather. The 2016 softball schedule has not been released as of the publication of this story.

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