The Snow College softball team is anxious to hit the dirt January 31 after long winter practices in the gym.
This year’s team is led by three returning sophomores, Ally McAfee, Sydney Butler, and Danika Gough. Last year’s squad finished fourth in the SWAC conference, but the sophomores have bigger plans for the upcoming season. “This year’s team works harder than last year, and I can’t wait to get on the field with these girls” said McAfee.
Head coach Chad Larsen also has high hopes for the season. “The team chemistry is much better than last year. This group really has a way of coming together on the field, and that’s something special” stated Coach Larsen.
He was also impressed with how much the team improved during the off season. He believes that their dedication and determination will take them far not only in conference play, but also in nationals.
When asked about the overall goal of the season, Larsen replied, “I’m here to tell you these girls can be National Champions, and I expect nothing less.” He has high expectations of seven runs a game. “If you don’t score runs, you can’t win” said McAfee.
The experienced athlete, Ally McAfee, agreed that scoring at least seven runs a game will keep them on top of their competition when backed up with solid defense. McAfee continued, “If we score seven runs and play error free in the field we shouldn’t have a problem with any team.”
The coaches and athletes believe that their hard work in the gym will pay off during the upcoming season. “We pushed them really hard the last months and I can’t wait to show our competition what they’re up against” said Larsen.
The team begins their season January 31 in the Las Vegas Invitational. The following week the Lady Badgers will be headed to St. George to begin conference play.