Softball ends six day drought; ready for more games on the diamond

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Matt Csakai | Echo

With a record of 6–2, the Taylor softball team has not played nearly as many games as other teams in their conference this year.

Inclement weather, cold temperatures and other unexpected factors have come together to force game cancellations. But, some can be built back into the schedule later in the season.

“We can play three double-headers during the week, and then have the option for a fourth on Saturdays,” said head coach Brad Bowser.

With Indiana Wesleyan having played 21 games, the Trojans have not played nearly as many as other teams in the conference, but are still feeling optimistic and excited about this season.

This team is still figuring things out to begin this season, such as where different players can best play to their strengths.

“This team has a lot of depth, and the players have so much ability to compete in each and every game,” said senior shortstop Cassie Kuizin.

The coaches are doing their best to make sure the team utilizes the depth they possess.

Luckily, the team is confident in their abilities and believe they possess many solid hitters.

“We have a very solid pitching staff, solid hitters and good defense,” said junior pitcher and outfielder Courtney Moriarty. “We have good hitters who can come in at any point in a game and make an impact.”

Practice has brought this team closer together and helped them to begin sorting things out through this crazy, unpredictable beginning of the season.

According to Bowser, the players are eager to improve and grow. In fact, Bowser said the players are as hard on themselves as he is on them.

They hope all of this hard work culminates in what they desire to get to: the national tournament and hopefully the NAIA World Series. Making it to the Crossroads League Tournament semifinals last year has left them hungry to make it all the way this year.

The Trojans will be eager to come back and win after their most recent loss to Michigan-Dearborn by the score of 10–2 last Saturday.

Taylor will head to Marion, Indiana, to face Indiana Wesleyan today in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. Their next home game will be Saturday at 1 p.m. against Spring Arbor.

“Photograph provided by Fayth Glock”