Although the softball team has had a rough start to the season, the team is seeing a peak as the season is coming to an end.
The team is currently leading their division, however, Coach Kitrell says that the team’s “hitting and defense has to improve” so their chances at making it to regionals are higher. Currently, they are leading in their division with an overall game record of 15-17. Outside the conference, they beat Montevallo in a double header last week.
This season has unfortunately been met with a loss of players due to injuries. Junior Sarah Johnson, an all-conference left fielder, has been out for the season due to a concussion. Sophomore Caroline Hart also had a concussion but is expected to return for the rest of the season. However, the team has some players that have carried the team on. Sophomore Delaney Thomas has led the team at home runs, with six total. Kitrell also says that sophomore Hannah Filmore and Junior Ally Fowler have stepped up to the plate as well.
Now, their goal is to qualify for a tournament in Albany, Georgia in which the top four teams in the division will compete in this double elimination tournament that will determine if they get a bid to the NCAA regionals tournament. If the team makes it, they will be the first in Spring Hill College history to compete in the NCAA regionals.
Sophomore Carlie Jamison says that the team is “definitely ready for some post-season action”. Since the start of the season, the ladies have been excited to compete in Division II, primarily because of their chance to compete in conference and regionals. Jamison says that although the team’s communication has been lacking in a few games, they are powering through. As for their chances at making it to the conference tournament, Jamison says she thinks they have a definite shot at conference as long as they stay confident, relaxed and “play their game”.