The Lady Boxers softball team won their first two games, setting the bar for their spring season.

Kicking off on Feb. 1, the Boxers took on Northwest University in a double header. They won the first game 12-1 and won the second 6-5.

“We want to be the first,” said Senior Maddie Collura who plays outfield and pitcher. “Get the first strike, get the first hit, get the first run, and keep the momentum up.”

In game one, the ladies scored three runs in the bottom of the first.

“The pitching looked strong and we hit well,” said Collura. “It was a good start for hitting.”

The team of thirty has five freshmen and one sophomore joining, but the majority are returning players from last year.

“I’m excited to compete one last time with some of the best teammates,” said senior pitcher Sara Aasness.

“We’re fast and have good team chemistry,” said Collura. “We’re really supportive of each other. I think it’s rare to get a group of girls together and have them all get along so well.”

That chemistry came into play during the last two games. Not only were the dugouts loud, but the crowd was the largest Collura said she’s seen at a game. She encourages Boxer fans to keep coming back.

“Our goals as a team are to be ruthless and wreak havoc,” said Aasness. “My goal is to give it all I’ve got, every single pitch, and leave everything between the lines.”

This season the team is focusing on shorter-term goals and improving from last year.

The ladies travel to the cities of Brownwood and Georgetown, Texas from Feb. 6 to 9 to play three double headers against Howard Payne, Austin College and Southwestern.

“Our biggest struggle is going to be staying as energized and focused on Sundays as Saturdays,” said Aasness.

Playing Texas teams will give them good experience before conference games start.

“We have to keep the intensity up till Sunday,” said Collura. “I know we’ll do it.”


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