Softball works through growing pains

Katie Vondrak | Co-Sports Editor

Photo by Katie Vondrak

 

Buena Vista University (BVU) softball fell to ninth-ranked Central earlier this week and looks to face fourth-ranked Luther in their home opener Saturday. Tough competition has proved to create growing pains for the young softball team.

“Our season so far, we have gone through some growing pains. We have played well, we have had games that we have played well and games that we’ve struggled so those are our growing pains and just kind of getting out consistency figured out and working with each other,” Head Coach, Heather Hupke said.

The Beavers put up a strong fight Tuesday out hitting Central and game two. They are focusing on achieving the little things in what Hupke called a game of inches. Practice time has been dedicated to improving hitting reps with confidence and defensively staying after it.

“We have to go attack the ball and get rid of the ball sooner.” Hupke said.

In their first home game, the team is excited to play in front of their home crowd in the forecasted nice weather. The Beavers plan on building off their experience at Central and keep rallying on the positives.

“We had great at bats, defensively we were key in there, getting our pitching fined tuned a little bit more. Really just working those fundamentals and fine tuning things,” Hupke said.

The Beaver’s are now 8-14 overall and 0-4 in the IIAC conference Saturday’s double-header starts at 2  p.m. with the second game at 4 p.m.

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