Ashlyn Norris | Sports Co-Editor
The Buena Vista University women’s softball team centers each and every practice and performance on the philosophy of “Effort and Attitude,” according to Head Softball Coach Heather Hupke. The Beavers opened up their season competing against some very tough teams, with a few even ranked. Although they may have not have started off the season the way they hoped, the team is optimistic towards the season and not giving up on their goals.
The softball team has set a goal of finishing in the top three of the conference—which would be a finish two places higher than last year—and to have 22 or more wins this season. To strive toward these goals their practices do not just consist of throwing, catching, and hitting. “Each day we work hard at making sure our attitude and effort is where it needs to be. We want to make a positive addition each day and not withdrawal from what we accomplished yesterday,” junior Megan Feller said.
Coach Hupke expands on this philosophy by saying that there “are two things that we have the most control over: what effort we are giving at practice and what our attitude is.” In practice the softball team is also focusing on sticking to and improving the basics of softball—creating a good base for the team to build off.
The beavers look forward to picking up a set of wins and improving their play when they travel to Clermont, Florida for spring break. Stay updated with BVU softball and their climb to the goals set by going online at http://www.bvu.edu/athletics. Their first home game will be on Thursday, April 7 against Northwestern College (IA).