Softball looking to run home with win in Missouri Southern Tournament

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As the Griffon softball team continues to win, they look to run home with a victory in the Missouri Southern Regional.

The Griffons will be facing off against four teams, starting with William Jewell College.

The team has already played William Jewell and lost in close game four to five. The team is looking forward to even the score.

Tiffany Gillaspy, who is an infielder for the Griffons, is up to the challenge.

“I think William Jewell will be good competition for us, and it would be good to go out and get revenge,” Gillaspy said.

The Griffons also played the University of Illinois, which they pulled a 10-5 victory.

The other two teams in the tournament, Wayne State and Northern State, have yet to play the Griffons this season.

No matter who they play, the Griffon team is prepared for a victory, and especially for infielder Taylor Anding.

“My expectations for this weekend are definitely to pull ahead 4-0,” Anding said.

Jackie Bishop, who is the pitcher for the team, is also expecting to win against all four teams.

“Every weekend is a big weekend when we are out playing so expectations are always high,” Bishop said. “We know there’s good teams in the tournament and we hope to play well enough to get four wins.”

Despite the upcoming tournament, the Griffons are having a great start to the season.

“I love how we’ve started the season. We aren’t doing so great that it puts a huge target on our backs, which adds pressure and we aren’t starting off so slow that we are losing confidence,” Anding said. “We have one many important games and with that, we know what we need to improve on and know that we have a chance to go pretty far this season.”

Currently, they are 10-4, but there’s a down side to this record. The Griffons have yet to play in MIAA.

After the tournament, they start MIAA play against Washburn University, and the Griffons are ready for those upcoming games as well.

“We are definitely excited to start and I think we are capable of doing big things in MIAA and I’m just excited to see where it goes,” Gillapsy said.

Bishop is also excited to start playing MIAA games.

“Conference time is nerve racking, but we are excited to see how we compare to other teams and hope to be a very competitive team in MIAA,” Bishop said.

The Griffons start the Missouri Southern tournament facing Jewell University and then faces University of Illinois on Sat. March 1 12:00 p.m.

Then on Sun. March 2, the Griffons face off against Wayne State at 9:00 a.m and follows that game up with a game against Northern State University at 1:00 p.m.

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