Lady Bisons softball team prepares for another round at the plate
You can hear them now. The loud chants from the dugout of a softball field are right around the corner as the team gets ready for another season under head coach Kristin Ryman.
The Lady Bison softball team has worked hard in the off season after a tremendous effort last year and have high hopes as they start to prepare for the new season ahead.
The team dusted off the gloves and shined the bats earlier in the semester for their upcoming season as Monday, Jan. 13, marked the first official day.
“Right now, we’re getting a lot of hitting trying to work around the weather,” said assistant coach Megan Smith. “The field has been a little bit wet, but we’ve been able to get outside.”
The Atlantic Sun conference schedule starts a week earlier this year, which eliminates the opportunity to play in a lot of additional tournaments, so the Lady Bisons will play a bit of a shorter schedule than the usual tournament run.
The team has spent most of their first week in McQuiddy Gym due to the weather and the fields being wet; however, Smith says she is pleased with the work they are able to get in.
“We’re trying to do some of those little things that we need to finish right before we get going and really don’t have time to work mechanics,” Smith said.
Ryman also chimed in and said she expects another tough A-Sun season with the top teams in the conference returning the majority of their players, and Smith is excited about who the Lady Bisons have coming back as well.
“We’re very senior heavy,” Smith said. “We’ve got a very experienced team, so were pretty excited to get going because I think we’ve got a squad that can really do some things. They all know what to expect, and they know they can play with anybody.”
Junior Brianne Welch, also one of Lumination’s Managing Editors, also shared some thoughts about their first week, as she seemed to have high spirits. She also said that they were a bit rusty to start things off, but she expected great things to come from the season.
When the sun comes out and the weather warms back up, you will know it’s time for Lipscomb softball.
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