The softball team looks to build off of a winning season last year for success in 2016.
After placing fifth place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2015 and finishing 21-13 (8-8), the Grizzlies recently were picked to finish third in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Preseason Poll behind Anderson University and Bluffton University.
Dating back to 1994, the Grizzlies have not won a HCAC title.
“Our goal is to make it to the conference tournament and to go beyond that,” junior Savannah Blevins said. “We have a lot of new talent that will be an asset along with the solid foundation we already have.”
Most off-season softball workouts are indoors, so the team has been working on hitting.
“We have a lot of potential to be strong up and down the lineup, which should be good for us no matter what team we are playing,” junior Taylor Johnson sadi.
The team once again opens up play for the 2016 season at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida, starting tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. against Houghton College (New York).
“This will give us the opportunity to see different teams and help us work on our strengths and weaknesses,” Blevins said. “It will also allow us the chance to get outside and play on the dirt.”
The Grizzlies are scheduled to play eight games in Florida, starting tomorrow and ending Tuesday.
“Personally, I hope to make improvement in my hitting and remain consistent throughout the entire season,” Johnson said. “As a team, I hope to see us go into each game like we have nothing to lose, no matter who our opponent is. If we go in with the right mindset, we should be more successful in conference.”
The Grizzlies open up conference play in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Saturday, March 26th at home against Mount St. Joseph University at 1 p.m.