Softball set for first Southland season

By Lauren Salinas


The softball team and the new members of the coaching staff are busting out this year with a much more competitive and aggressive attitude on and off the field.

Everyone from the players, coaches and trainers are stepping up their game and getting ready to show the bigger Southland Conference schools what they can do. From the classroom to the field, this team eats, breathes and sleeps softball. Even during off-season in the fall, players underwent rigorous 5 a.m. conditioning workouts on the football field and in the weight room.

The team came up short at the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament last season. Being that it is the University of the Incarnate Word’s first year in the Division 1, some may expect the Cardinals to be considered the underdog in the conference.

“Major changes are the new coaches and the overall mentality within the coaching staff,” said sophomore outfielder Anna-Marie Moore, an accounting major from Aloha, Ore. “They are expecting a lot more out of us this year. We will be going up against bigger, stronger girls and the team knows we need to really step up our game from last year. Our main goals are to have a winning season, and to prove to the other schools in the Southland Conference that we aren’t the ‘Sisters of Charity’ people think we are.’ ”

Senior pitcher-outfielder Whitney Waltrip said she is eager to start playing.

“It feels good to be back on the field, and it’s crazy how fast the last four years have gone by,” said Waltrip, a business major who hails from Orangevale, Calif. Her sister, Shelby, an accounting major, is a catcher on the team.

“I’m excited to go to D-1 and see what this year has in store for us,” Whitney Waltrip said. “We have a lot of freshmen this year, so the coaching staff is really concentrating on getting us ready.”

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