Coming off of a season in which it just missed the playoffs, the Northwest softball team is looking to rebound next year with a postseason berth in what has proven to be one of the toughest softball districts in the state.
Coach Tanya Morrow said that this past season was disappointing from a record standpoint, but added that her team fought hard game in and game out.
The Northwest coach said she has been impressed with what she has seen from her team so far this spring and said she really hopes it continues to carry on into summer.
“We keep working out and trying to get ready for the summer,” Morrow said. “We’ve had end of the year conferences and stressed the importance of playing ball over the summer and then coming back fresh for the off season in August.”
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Morrow said that reflecting on this past season as a whole, she believes it was a good learning experience for her players.
“I thought that there was growth between last season and this past season,” Morrow said. “We missed the playoffs by two games and that’s frustrating for the seniors, when you’re putting in the effort day in and day out. But ultimately, we just have to play seven full innings. We had many games where we had a lead and then lost it in late innings. I think that is going to be one of our big focuses next year, is to focus on playing complete games and going the full seven innings.”
Morrow said that she has really been impressed with the effort of Rhianna Speicher throughout the season and spring after making the move from outfield to second base, and said that Tuesday DerMargosian has been a “huge contributor offensively.”
Morrow said that her team will be focusing on a major concept throughout the offseason that she believes is key to success this year.
“I think that commitment will be a big thing that we talk about,” Morrow said. “We must stay committed day in and day out and making sure that we have kids that are willing to put in the effort every day.”
In order to get back to the playoffs next season, Morrow said it will take a couple of things from her team.
“I think that we are going to have more timely hits,” Morrow said. “We hit the ball well, but we left a lot of runners on base this season. It is important for us to come up with hits when runners are in scoring position, and then we have to have that cohesiveness and team unity that will get us to the next level. That time when everybody is willing to pull the same weight and focus on the single goal of the unit.”