Softball strengthens offense with new players


(PHOTO/Jennifer Carlisle)


Megan Phillips 

Staff Writer


While spring sports like softball have been out of the minds of spectators since last year, the work never ends for the ladies of the Troy softball team, as they have been hard at work throughout the fall preparing for the upcoming 2014 season.

“We have been practicing all fall and have played in a few scrimmage games,”  assistant coach Beth Wade said. “We have a lot of new kids coming in, and a lot of them will be working their way into the lineup, so it is important that we work on getting them some experience here at this level.”

The hard work and dedication of these Trojan ladies is made even clearer as they work around the construction of their new home field, staying in shape and on top of their game and preparing for their debut while practicing elsewhere.

“We have been working hard, indoors and out,” Wade said. “We have relocated to Troy Sportsplex, and they have been really good to us. They have allowed us to use their facilities when we need to, and we really would not have been able to do this without their help.”

Through these practices, the Trojan girls have been able to keep up their game and provide what they hope to be a solid team, which will provide for a great 2014 season.

“We work on every aspect of the offensive game,” Wade said. “We have quick kids, and they will make plenty of slappers, but we also have some homerun power. Then, we have kids in the middle that will provide us with some gap hitting, so all in all we are pretty varied.”

And that’s not the only place this offense is varied, as the lady Trojans are looking at a vast array of experience and classifications as we see true freshmen working their way into their collegiate debut as well as transfer students who are coming to Troy with some experience under their belts. The team looks to see returning stars back from injuries hoping to show up and show out.

This mix of experience and stability with novices hopes to produce a new Trojan offense that will hit this season out of the park.

“We would love to have students come out and support us in our new house for our season opener where we will hopefully beat up on Auburn,” Wade said.

The lady Trojans will begin their season at home on their new field on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. against the Auburn Tigers.

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