After bleak start of season, the College World Series is becoming a reality for Lady Cru softball
At the beginning of the season, junior outfielder Sarah Roman said she was expecting to dominate the competition this year. With an overall record of 23-13 and a conference record of 19-1, the softball team has done just that.
Head Coach Kasey Blomquist said, “We have really started to come together as a team. We are hitting the ball very well, playing defense, and the pitchers are doing a great job of mixing things up.”
They started the season strong with a pair of wins against Southwestern University but struggled in the American Southwest Conference First Pitch Tournament.
In California they played a few non-conference games against different teams from across the state and returned home without a win. It looked like a pattern was starting to form, but the Cru didn’t get down on those early losses.
Sophomore Catcher Jordan Schrutka said, “We had our struggles towards the beginning of season, (but) I believe that facing the teams in California was a huge learning experience for us. We realized what we needed to work on in order to really compete with these teams. It changed our work ethic in practice and gave us the drive to be better.”
And better they became. After the California road trip, they came back to Texas and swept Schreiner University, Sul Ross State University, and won three out of four games against Hardin-Simmons University.
They’ve been on a mission to make the World Series since the beginning of the season, and with a first place ranking in the ASC West Division, it appears they are on their way.
Schrutka believes staying positive under any circumstance has been a key to their success. She said, “If we are down, we have the confidence and mental strength to come back from behind. We don’t let down.”
Right fielder Sabrina Garcia thinks the team chemistry and talent is the reason for their triumph, but realizes they still have a lot of work to do.
“We are far from a perfect team. Every day of practice is a chance for us as a team to get better, as well as individually,” Garcia said. “As for the week of the tournament, we will be focused on tight defense and big sticks.”
This year the ASC tournament will take place at Railroad Park in Lewisville, Texas. The Lady Cru have been given a first-round bye meaning they won’t play till Friday.