New lights, new teammates and a new season are about to start for the Lady Cru softball team.
Last year, the team won the ASC West Division title with a record of 28-14 and 21-3 in conference play. The team will be working hard to defend the title and make an impact in the conference tournament in April.
Head softball Coach Larry Hennig is preparing his team for the new season that starts soon.
“We have had two-a-days for some time and even three-a-days some days. We are giving them opportunities to get ready, from extra at bats to throwing, to be physically ready,” he said.
Junior psychology major Hannah White believes in her team and all the hard work they have put in.
“We are all conveying that hard work and team unity is really going to put us ahead of the rest,” she said. “There is no quick or easy way to be conference champs, and everyone has to put forth 110% every day on and off the field to achieve our team goal.”
Junior exercise and sport science major Caitlin Bollier agrees with White.
“We are preparing by practicing, conditioning and lifting weights. We are working hard every day and doing everything we can to become a stronger team physically and mentally,” she said.
The softball team was picked to finish first in the ASC West in the ASC Preseason Coaches and Media Poll.
The Cru had 15 of the 21 first-place votes and 139 total points. Hardin-Simmons was picked second with the other six first-place votes and 123 total points. The poll is based on ballots from head coaches, sport information directors and media members in the West Division.
“Being picked to win the ASC West is an honor. It shows that our hard work last year and this year has not gone unnoticed. We take great pride in being picked to win our side of the West Division, and we will not let the voters down as we know they chose the right team,” Bollier said about the first-place decision.
The Lady Cru will start the season by traveling to Georgetown Feb. 17. Their double header against the Southwestern University Pirates will begin at 1:00 p.m.