Women’s softball heads into CCAC conference play

By Drew Modjeski
Torch Correspondent

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Alyssa Flores batting during the game vs Viterbo University. Photo courtesy of Roosevelt Athletics.

The 2018 Roosevelt Lakers women’s softball team has not gotten off to the start that they hoped they would with a 3-17 record heading into Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play.

The team is struggling in a few key statistic areas compared to their opponents. As a whole the team’s batting average below .300 at .289 while opponents are hitting .346 against them.

The pitching has not been where it needs to be as well as the team has a combined 6.44 earned run average compared to the 3.58 era opponents are throwing against them.

Head coach Aaron Moore explained what the team has to do to improve this season.

“We just need to execute better in general. We’re young, inexperienced and have some people playing out of position, but we have not executed well enough to win games,” Moore said. “The execution will come as we continue to go. We have a lot of players who are learning on the job and we are trying to figure out how we can get better every day.”

Kelli Jones, a senior on the softball team, also commented on how they can turn the season.

“We can do that by having a mind set to, ‘win every inning,’ meaning we score more runs than the other team in each inning instead of being comfortable with a lead and slowing down our offense, that puts a lot of pressure on our defense and pitching which can be tough over the course of a season,” Jones said.

In spite of the disappointing start, the women’s team is still excited and motivated for the rest of the season.

Jones spoke about how the team is staying motivated.

“Pointing out the good things and focusing on them is the best way to stay motivated,” Jones said. “We also like to keep a fun atmosphere when we are traveling or getting ready for practices and games.”

Over spring break, the women’s softball team headed down to Tucson, AZ to participate in the Tucson Invitational Games.

Jones described the trip as the teams first big challenge of the year stating, “Playing 11 games in six days is tiring mentally and physically. We were able to learn a lot about ourselves and push each other to get better each day,” Jones said.

According to Coach Moore, going to Tucson was important for the team.

“We started the season playing in The Dome (at Rosemont) which is our other home field, and then we went to Arizona for spring break to get more games in. With the weather the way it is in the midwest we have to try find ways to get as many games as we can,” Moore said. “It’s tough on the team because it is different, and the team had not played on dirt till we went to Arizona.”

The women’s softball team is hoping to turn their season around, and make a splash in CCAC play.

“Right now we are a middle of the conference type team. Last year we lost games that would shouldn’t of lost, and won games we shouldn’t have won,” Moore said. “To make the conference tournament for the first time we are going to have to win all the games we are supposed to.”

The women’s softball team opened CCAC play with a loss on March 22 away against Judson University.

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