Friday, March 28, 2014

Softball to work on mental game going into conference

5:59 PM

Erin Bradley

Coming off a loss against the University of Saint Mary’s, the softball team goes into their second conference game on Saturday against Tabor College.
Going into their third season in the KCAC, the team has high hopes despite their losing start.
“We want to have fun, relax and win games,” head coach Stacy Middleton said. “We are serious about being in the top of the conference this year and making the tournament in May.”
After the pre-conference games and their last game on Tuesday, there have been certain things the team has pinpointed as areas of improvement.
Technically the team needs to work on fielding and hitting. Batting averages are not where they would like them to be, so working on getting those to a better level is a goal.
Looking at the overall game, the getting ahead early and maintaining their lead is always a area the team feels they need to work on. Middleton also points out needing to get the mentality to work through this mental block.
“We are gaining maturity as a strength, the speed in our outfield is a strength and we are becoming better hitters,” Middleton said. “Our weakness is not being able to fight through some of the mental aspects of the game.  Softball is a game of failure and we are still working on becoming mentally tougher after something doesn’t go as planned.”
The team will move further into conference play in the coming weeks. They compete Saturday against Tabor in Hillsboro with games starting at 1 p.m.  



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