The Lady Rams softball team is swinging back into action this season coming off of a well accomplished last season. The Texas Wesleyan softball team finished 25-20 overall and 20-4 in the Red River Athletic Conference. The Lady Rams placed first in conference earning a ring, and also went to nationals.

This year, the Lady Rams are gearing up for another successful season. Chelsea Boles, junior outfielder and exercise science major, said they want a repeat from last year.

“We want to win conference and the conference tournament and return to nationals,” Boles said.

Shannon Gower, head softball coach, said she expects a repeat of last year’s season.

“Every year our goals are to win conference and win nationals, we have our players set their own individual goals for themselves as well,” Gower said.

Boles said since the Christmas break, the team has been putting in some hard work.

“Practices have been really good. You can’t even tell we have had over two months off since the last time we were allowed to practice on the field together,” Boles said.

Raven Moreno, senior utility player and exercise science major, said their expectations are pretty high.

“We want to go to nationals again, so we plan to win conference again and make a good outing in nationals,” Moreno said.

The Lady Rams finished first last year in the RRAC, and Moreno said it does bring a little more pressure than normal.

“There is pressure to do better than last year but since we only have four returners all the new girls keep us humble because we know it’s a whole new team,” Moreno said.

Boles said the team has been getting along and the chemistry is there.

“The team chemistry seems to be better than when we left off for break,” Boles said. “I am surprised on how well it’s been going since there are eleven new players.”

Gower said they did lose a lot of players from last season.

“I think every year there are obstacles and that is what makes a team stronger.  It isn’t ever easy, I look at obstacles as just another challenge to overcome,” Gower said.  “This year we are in a rebuilding stage we lost majority of our players last year. I would say the challenge right now is getting our team to gel.”

Moreno said everyone is working hard and nationals will be in Georgia this year.

The Lady Rams will begin their season Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. in a doubleheader against Oklahoma Wesleyan University at Sycamore Park in Fort Worth.

ekfradett@txwes.edu

 

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