Conference championship in sight for softball
With a perfect record for the first 15 conference games this season, the Lady Cru softball team has its eyes set on making it to playoffs.
“Being 12-0 for conference play has been such a blessing. We’re a dedicated team, not only to the game and our coaches, but also to each other and ourselves,” junior special education major and short stop Laura Sotiropoulos said.
She goes on to say that, “I believe that it’s the hard work we put in at practice, and our composure that we have towards every part of the game when we step foot on the field that has helped us keep such a good record this season.”
One key part of having a successful year is the teamwork that has been building throughout the season. The Lady Cru has several returning players, but also the addition of new faces, which makes this even more crucial.
“One of our mottos is to have faith in each other and yourself, and I believe that is what has brought us together. We have a huge amount of trust in each other to get the job done when it’s needed,” Sotiropoulos said.
Senior nursing major and first baseman Megan Bhone agrees.
“Teamwork wins ball games. One or two people can’t win it alone. It takes the whole team to contribute. Defensively, we trust in our teammates to make all the plays. Offensively, each at bat counts to win. Once our team clicks, we are unstoppable,” she said.
One factor different from last year’s team is the addition of the new head coach. After 12 years with the Lady Leopards at Temple College, Head Coach Larry Hennig was happy to make the move to be in charge of the Lady Cru.
“Coming to Mary Hardin-Baylor is one of the best things I’ve ever done. It’s been a real good move. There are things along the way that you like, and then there are things that really are special: the traditions and growing close to the girls that are in the program, which has made it so much fun for me.”
On April 15 and 16, the Lady Cru could be playing for the Conference Championship if they have at least three wins out of the four games against Howard Payne University.
Although there will most likely be games lost throughout the rest of the season, the team knows they always have members to lean on.
“We support each other whether we are winning or losing. We pick people up if they are having off days, and most important, we laugh and have fun together,” junior exercise and sports science major and outfielder Jordan Giesen said.
Even with all the games won, the most important part is still the relationships formed among the teammates.
“I can’t pinpoint the best part of the season because every moment spent with this group of girls has been amazing,” Sotiropoulos said. “I couldn’t have asked for a greater team to be a part of.”