It wasn’t going to be hard for the Trinity softball team to improve on last season. The Lady Trojans were 0-18 in 2015 as a club without a senior on the roster. With essentially the same team back this year, the progress is already evident.
Heading into this week, which happens to be spring break, the softball team was 10-7 overall and already has added some hardware to the trophy case by winning the Everman Tournament.
“That was a huge boost,” coach Cori Trevino said. “You saw them gain confidence with every win. That was just awesome, to see how they grew. They took that into the next game and into the next tournament. It’s just progressing well.”
It was the first tournament championship for the program since 2013, and was an illustration of how far the team has come in 10 months. For players like senior third baseman Briana Becker, softball is enjoyable again.
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“Last year we were all tense and getting mad at each other because we kept losing,” Becker said. “This year we’re actually having fun and cheering each other on and not having the negative attitude that we had last year. It’s just more positive.”
The biggest factor cited by players and coaches was simply having the entire team together. With so many freshmen playing last season and not having them on campus, the team was rarely all together for training.
“It’s been a lot different because we’ve been able to spend a lot more time together on and off the field,” senior pitcher Shelbie Hughes said. “We really know each other well now and have jelled.”
“I think we just trust each other more than we did last year,” Becker added. “We were the same exact team because we had no seniors, but it seemed we were missing that trust and confidence that a team should have.”
There won’t be much break for the team this spring break. Last week’s persistent rain postponed two games, meaning the Lady Trojans play important district matchups Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. By the end of that stretch, the team will be a quarter of the way through district play. Call it a working spring break, if you will, but Hughes says they don’t mind.
“Softball is something that we do because we have fun,” she said. “You want to have fun on spring break and it’s something we love to do, so having games during spring break is fun for us. We can go hang out and have fun before and after the game and just worry about the game [and not school].”