Baseball, softball prepare for season

Coaches comment on uncoming tournaments

By Kaitlin Trujillo
On January 26, 2017

File photo by Marsalis Mahome
Katlyn Herzog, senior catcher, catches a strike.

As their season quickly approaches, the baseball and softball teams are in full swing of training and preparing for their upcoming series.

Ram baseball will open at home on Feb. 3 as they take on the Regis University Rangers and the Belles will begin with the Florida Tech Marriot First Pitch Classic.

Kevin Brooks, head baseball coach, and Travis Scott, head softball coach, said they are confident in their teams’ abilities and chemistry.

"I feel like the new guys have done a good job fitting in and the returners have done a good job establishing what the expectations are," Brooks said.

"Any team can tell you if they get along, then that’s going to give you a better opportunity for success," Scott said.

Brooks and Scott are not the only ones who enjoy how well the teams have meshed this year.

"We have really good team chemistry," Matt Waller, senior said. "When you’re around each other this much you pretty much have to get along."

The Belles are returning 11 players and the Rams are returning a majority of their roster as well.

The team chemistry is the best I’ve seen so far," Katlyn Herzog, senior said. "We love hanging out with each other and being on the field together. It’s like we’re a family. With a lot of new people coming in it’s hard to get acquainted and get everyone on the same page together, but it came together very well this year."

The Rams are coming off of back to back World Series appearances are ranked No. 8 in the Collegiate Baseball D2 Preseason Poll.

The Belles have made NCAA Division II South Central Regional Championship for the past ten consecutive years and are aiming for their seventh Lone Star Conference Championship.

"The goal is always the same; we want to win a national championship. That’s so far in the future. For now, we’re going to work hard and get better every day," Brooks said.

"We want to take it one game at a time," Waller said.

Fans can expect both teams to show up and fight their hardest to come out victorius.

"We have high expectations for ourselves,’ Jake Mathys, senior said.

Fans are encouraged to wear gold to the Ram’s home game on February 4 at 2 p.m.

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