CEDAR CITY, Utah — The Southern Utah softball team has their first game Friday Sept. 28, at 3:00 P.M. against Utah State Eastern at Kathryn Berg Field.
“The game against USU-E should be a good indicator for us to tell where we are at. We are working on starting points and excelling from there,” said newly promoted Head Coach Kortny Hall. “We hope to do well and come out with some fire right out of the gate.”
Hall will hope to improve on a lackluster 2017, but is optimistic about the future of the program under her tutelage.
Big Sky Freshman of the Year, Kalei Watkins looks to build on her stellar freshman season and guide the team to a strong fall campaign.
The T-birds have five returning seniors on the team including Big Sky All-Conference Honorable Mention infielder Kendall Kapitzke who finished up her junior year with a .323 batting average in 127 at-bats.
Among those seniors pitcher Hanna Wynn, who led the team in strikeouts last year, with a total of 35 strikeouts. Outfielder Rylie Nance, and infielder Javlyn Weaver both return to a T-Bird squad hoping to establish a culture of winning in Cedar City.
“We have tried to bring back a lot of old traditions and the fundamentals of the game. I think our team is young and hungry to succeed,” Hall said.
There are six freshmen along with another eight sophomores. The team is young and will be relying on upperclassmen to help get the younger players up to speed.
“We expect to see big improvements with the team this year. We have worked hard on getting the team on the same page and hopefully it will pay off in the end,” Hall continued.
The game will be held on Friday, Sept. 28. Follow @SUUsoftball on Twitter for updates about the team as they head into the new season.
Story by: Robin Nelson for SUU News
Picture by: SUU Athletics Strategic Communication