Griffon softball looks to improve on slow start
By Ryan Heldenbrand
March 6, 2007
The Missouri Western softball team has gotten off to a rocky start this season. They started off losing their first two games but soon bounced back to win the next four. However, they now hold a record of 4-4 and hope to improve in the coming weeks.
The team is filled with talent and experience this season. Those two things are why Head Coach Jen Bagley is not worried. â€œWe have not been on a regular routine and that makes it hard to go right from the gym to the field,â€ said Bagley. The always confusing Missouri weather made it hard for the women to get outside and practice.
The teamâ€™s play was attributed to the lack of practice in real circumstances. â€œPicking up a grounder on a gym floor is so much different than picking one up in the infield,â€ said Bagley.
The team needs the weather to warm up so they can get some practices outside.
There are still many reasons to be hopeful for the rest of the season. First of all, Western was playing in Arizona and Arkansas to start off the season.
â€œWe havenâ€™t played any regional games yet so the losses arenâ€™t a big deal,â€ said Bagley.
The team will be ready when the regional games come around.
Despite the lackluster record, the team has had some outstanding individual performances. There are four players hitting .290 or better as well as many players shining in other categories.
Starting pitchers Lindsey Predovich and Kristi Warneke have good strikeout to walk ratios as well. These stats will only get better and more players will add to them.
There is no reason to fret for the upcoming games. â€œWe are very optimistic about the season,â€ said Bagley. â€œThe rough start will only leave us focused and motivated.â€ You can bet the team will work hard and get better from here on out. â€œFrom a coachâ€™s standpoint, Iâ€™m disappointed. But am I worried? Not at all,â€ said Bagley.