Clarissa Kraayenbrink- Staff Writer
Even though the official start to the softball season is not until spring, the softball team is hard at work preparing. The team began fall practices shortly after school began in August and have some scrimmages planned for September and October.
One of the purposes for the fall practices is to get more reps in and to build team chemistry.
“The repetition, just getting to know the team a little bit before the spring season actually begins,” said sophomore catcher Tessa Howerzyl. “It’s all just to get us prepared for our real season, which is in the spring.”
On game days the team usually participates in four games. Because varsity and junior varsity rosters have not yet been determined, Coaches Jeff Zomer and Ken Roseberry divide the entire squad into two smaller teams, each team playing two games.
This creates great experiences among players. The freshmen are getting their feet wet with playing experience while meshing well with the returning players.
“The team is meshing really well,” Howerzyl said. “It’s been a lot of fun getting to know the freshmen so far, and I feel like they’re bringing in a lot of work ethic and talent in and that’s fun to see. I feel like everyone just adds to the team really well.”
The softball team has five game days planned for the remainder of the fall season. They will travel among locations such as Sioux City, and Sioux Falls, IA and Mitchell, SD.