By Britney Carter |Staff Writer|
After a troublesome start to the season, the CSUSB softball team may have finally turned things around.
Last weekend they came out with a well deserved victory against rival UC San Diego, with a hairsplitting 5–4 win on March 3.
This win was like no other for the Coyotes after having lost a crucial game to the Tritons last season at home, ending their historic season. To lose at such a compelling time took a serious toll on them.
With vengeance on their minds, the inspired Coyotes came out motivated to come away with a victory.
The Coyotes practiced with an edge, working day in and day out to ensure they would come out victorious against the Tritons.
“For the returners last year, it was like a big revenge for the team,” said third baseman Alex Mitchell. “It was a big let-down to go that far into playoffs and to come up short in our own house.”
This is just the beginning for the struggling softball team. With an 8-13 overall season so far, the ladies are confident that they have nowhere to go but up from here on out.
“Coach Duncan really talked to us about making this out U-turn of the season,” said Mitchell.
“I have confidence in each and every one of our girls on the team. We have a lot of weapons this year as far as speed and power.”
Although the ladies may have made a huge breakthrough with their victory, there is always room for improvement.
Techniques, as well as plays, still need to be polished and perfected in order to continue on the path they have begun this season.
Previously, ground balls were a main focus for the ladies and now it is making sure they pay attention to the “now” instead of the future.
“We try and think two steps ahead instead of focusing on the task at hand,” said Mitchell. “We need to focus on one thing at a time.”
Focusing on themselves, as opposed to worrying about what the opposition can potentially do, is a point of emphasis that the ladies must concentrate on.
As insignificant as the small things may seem, they can have the greatest effect on the outcome of a game.
Fielding a simple ground ball can be the difference between an easy inning and an offensive explosion by the opposing team.
The ladies are finally realizing this and they are not willing to let it keep them from reaching their goals.
Even though the ladies have made a few errors, the significant improvement of the team has become evident to the players, as well as to the public.
“We played real tough defense and definitely cut down on a lot of our errors,” said Mitchell. “We should be able to coast the rest of the season if we continue to play strong and tighten our defense.”
It is evident this is not the last triumph for the CSUSB softball team. There is no doubt they can beat any team in the league.