Softball finishes regular season, hopes for tournament spot

By Ben Brown

The softball team will wrap up its regular season this Saturday traveling to Defiance for a doubleheader.

The Grizzlies are currently at 19-13 on the season and 6-8 in conference play. The team sits in sixth place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with the top four teams making it to the conference tournament.

Defiance is currently in last place with a 1-13 conference record.

“We want to have the same game mentality as we did during the Transy games and to be able to carry that into our games this weekend and have fun,” junior Katie Struewing said.

Even if the Grizzlies are able to pick up two more wins this season, their fate will be decided by the other teams.

“We are currently on the bubble,” sophomore Savannah Blevins said. “There are a lot of conference games that need to be played out in the next several days. Depending on those outcomes will make the difference on when our season ends.”

Sophomore Sara Thom said this season has not gone how any of them expected it to go.

“We expected to do a lot better than we have, but sometimes unexpected things happen and we just have to build up from here,” Thom said.

Blevins said the team struggled in finding their rhythm at times, but the team had a lot of talent. She also said next season the team will be more mature, having a total of eight seniors.

“Softball is a game of picking each other up, and we need to improve on that next year,” Blevins said. “Also with Jess Ayers graduating, we will need to fill her big shoes at short stop.”

Struewing said that the team needed to improve their focus for next season.

“One thing we can improve on is staying focused and not coasting when we’re leading,” Struewing said. “Also being able to bounce back from a loss and wanting to beat whoever we’re playing.”

Until next season the Grizzlies are still clinging onto the hopes of making the HCAC Tournament.

“Some things definitely have to happen, but we put ourselves in the spot we are in,” Thom said. “As Coach Zike would say, the softball gods have to be in our favor.”

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