The Griffons leave Arkansas with four more wins and zero losses, sweeping the four game weekend. The team played four games and outscored their opponents by a combined score of 31-4 and never allowed a team to have more than one run per game.
The Griffons continue to stay consistent, playing inspired softball. Western played two games against Southern Arkansas and then two games against Henderson State, winning them all in great fashion. The team stays determined to play great defense and to keep improving offensively. Western has now won six straight games and has been playing as team. Western has had plenty of help from their talented outfielder, Toni Dance.
“The games this weekend were a great show of team work,” Dance said. “We hit the ball as a team, which showed with the high scoring outcomes.”
The players all seemed to come together as if they had something to prove. Their last loss was against the University of Arkansas-Monticello who was ranked 13th in the nation. The Griffons got plenty of help from the pitchers, only allowing four runs in the four game span. Ashley Hudson has noticed the consistent play of teammates that the team has used that as motivation to continue winning and playing great softball.
“It was a group effort; there wasn’t just one or a few key players,” Hudson said. “We worked really hard, worked together and sought out the rewards for it and I am proud of the team work this weekend and group effort that allowed us to be successful.”
The Griffons were highly motivated to play well and Hudson said head coach Jen Bagley provided a little extra motivation or the players.
“We don’t get dessert unless we play well or win,” Hudson said. “We’re very motivated by that.”
Toni Dance added to Bagley’s unique motivation by saying, “Coach said she wouldn’t feed us.”
The entire Western team has really stepped it up as of late and the team has taken an emphasis on batting. The players have really stepped up to the challenge and players like Blair Stalder have really taken it on themselves to work hard and get better.
“Our goals were of course to win but also to string together hits. At times we’ll have good hits but they’re really only worth it if they score runs,” Stalder said. “Coach Bagley also wanted us to work on good at bats and not always focus on getting a hit because good at bats will lead to hits.”