Win the college World Series with new head coach is softball’s goal

For the 2011 softball season, the Lady Crusader team has been picked by the Preseason Coaches and Media Poll to defend and win the American Southwest Conference West Division.

The team has 12 returning players from last year but one important change. This is the first season for new head Coach Larry Hennig to coach the women to a possible win.

One of the returning players, senior outfielder Sara Roman, believes that Hennig is a good fit for the team.

“I think he’s great. Coach Blomquist did a great job during the time I have been here. Coach Hennig truly stepped in and seems like he is where he belongs,” she said. “He treats us with respect but is such a joy to have out on the field. He has a sense of humor that livens everyone. He is smart and knows the game.”

Roman goes on to say that Hennig has a vision for the team and what the team should accomplish this season.

Sophomore psychology and criminal justice double major Hannah White agrees with Roman that Hennig is a great new addition to the Lady Cru.

“With him, we are always expecting the unexpected and know exactly how to handle them,” White said. “He also respects every player and expects perfection out of us.”

Senior sport management major and catcher for the team Lindsey Gordon said the Lady Cru have a couple of new players, freshmen and transfers, but believes that their chemistry on the field is a positive one and is confident that they can win the conference title.

Gordon thinks the team is all in sync but knows that a few things still have to be perfected for success.

“Communication plays a key role in this sport, and we have really worked on it, and I think I can speak for everyone,” she said.

Communication plays a huge role for the women, but so does everyone else’s playing ability.

“Offense works like a domino effect. When one starts and does well, everyone else falls into place and does well also. We need to work on bat control and taking the outside pitch to the opposite field. When we do that, we’re unstoppable,” Roman said.

White thinks the team needs to work on batting as well,  but not necessarily on where to take a pitch.

“We still have more room for improvement. We still need to work on hitting the right pitches, but that will come with time and playing more games.” White said. “Our team chemistry is awesome, and that’s what I really like. But that can always get better.”

So far, only four games have been played this 2011 season, and the Lady Cru are currently 3-1.

The next game is away against East Texas Baptist University Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Conference play doesn’t start until mid-March, which is a series against Hardin-Simmons University.

Confident of what the team is capable of, White is sure the Lady Cru is unstoppable.

“I think this team can win the World Series,” she said. “If we play our game, nobody can beat us.”

Author: Stacy Fannin

Stacy Fannin is a junior mass communication/journalism major and is the sports editor for the newspaper. She is from Cedar Park, Texas, where she lives with her mom, little sister and adorable cat, Dusty. Stacy enjoys being with family and friends. Some of her favorite things are chocolate, Dr. Pepper, the Green Bay Packers, Texas and England. Stacy enjoys eating junk food, being around family and friends (and her cat), and talking on her phone named Jeffrey. She is a huge fan of Dr. Pepper, chocolate and of course, the Green Bay Packers!

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