By: Hannah Abbate Sterling, KS — Feb. 18, 2018, 4:46 p.m.
On Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Sterling College varsity softball team faced off against MidAmerica Nazarene at home. The teams played their first of two games at 2 p.m. at the Sterling High School field. Despite the many Sterling fans who came out to support, the Lady Warriors were out-scored throughout the day. The first game ended with a 9-3 score with the second ending with MidAmerica ahead again at 6-3. These games stand as the Warrior’s first home games of preseason. Their first game of conference will begin March 21 at Ottawa University.
“I think we struggled a lot with moving runners on base, RBIs and scoring runners. We had a lot of opportunities and we just didn’t jump on them. Moving forward, we just need to be more confident at the plate and more selective,” senior and captain Dominique Salgado said after Wednesday’s games. “I try to lead by example. For me, that’s just giving my 100 percent every time I’m out there and showing the girls “this is what I can do and you can do it too, if you work hard.” Be confident, be humble, and just be there for them.”
“I know we struggled with handling our emotions,” Freshman Rosa James said. She went on to say, “I know that if we learn to just back it up with how we play on the field then everything will get better.” She said that “right now, we should all just learn to grow as a team since we have so many new people and also, with Coach Alyssa being our new head coach, we’re all learning and trying to get chemistry with each other. On and off the field, [the relationship between the team] is better than what I expected it to be. But [the team] really welcomed me when I first got here, especially with me being so far away from home, so it helped a lot that they were so nice and fun to be around.”
James is not the only one with high hopes for the season, however. Senior Jenna Weimer almost did not return for her fourth season of eligibility as she planned to graduate in three and a half years. “I didn’t know that I was going to have this season,” Weimer said. “I decided that I’m never going to be able to do this again, so let’s go for it. It’s sweet, but it’s bitter-sweet now because now I know this is over once it’s done. So, I’m just really wanting to go and leave it all out there on the field and get some wins.”
The Lady Warriors hit a bump in the road Wednesday, however, they have more chances to make a comeback. Their next game is at home on Saturday, Feb. 17 against Doane University at 2 p.m.