By Ivonne Martinez
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
With the pre-season opener just around the corner, UIW’s softball team is ready to prove they belong at the top of their conference.
After qualifying for the Lone Star Conference championship last year, the Cardinals fell short and were eliminated during the first round. This year, the Cards are ready to prove they’re a tough team to compete against as they begin their preseason.
Coach Todd Bradley said the team had come back this year feeling like they didn’t finish the job.
“They’re very motivated and they know that we can’t take anybody lightly in order for us to get our sweet revenge,” Bradley said.
The Lady Cardinals finished the 2011 season with a 31-23 overall record and tied for first place with one of the toughest teams in the conference, Angelo State, after beginning the season ranked sixth out of eight. At the upcoming St. Mary’s tournament, the Cards will face two teams that prevented them from reaching regionals as well as East Central Oklahoma, the first team they lost to in last year’s LSC tournament.
“As a whole, the team’s got great depth this year with lots of players to contribute towards our goal,” Bradley said.
Five new recruits have been added to the rosterwhich has helped solidify the team. Returning to the team will be pitcher Briana Sanchez, who was named Pitcher of the Year, and Whitney Waltrip, co-LSC South Player of the Year.
“We’re excited to get going,” Bradley said. “It’s going to be a great effort for us to reach the goals we’ve set for ourselves.”