Well, the days are getting shorter, the kids are all back into school, the air is crisp and the colors are starting to change. That means two things: Football and Softball.
The M Softball team began its quest for a National Title this past weekend by playing in a Fall Ball Tourney in Traverse City. For those who dont follow SB, Fall-Ball is an opportunity to get a look at your kids in real time action. Its awesome to practice but Fall-Ball is where all the sins are revealed.
It also gets the Freshmen, (RHP Sara Driesenga, LHP Haylie Wagner and C Lauren Sweet) an opportunity to show the coaches what they can do and hopefully earn some playing time in the spring.
Fall-Ball lays the foundation for the winter practices. Every element of a batters swing will be analyzed over the next few days. This will spring board into the practice sessions.
This is our only time to improve. The warm weather teams have a HUGE advantage because they can play ball all winter. We dont have that luxury because we cant travel because of class.
Michigan played ND, WMU, CMU and SVSU in a round robin format. We picked up a 5-0 win vs WMU, 8-0 win vs SVSU and a 6-1 win over CMU. Traverse City is wonderful this time of year and I planned on going up there to watch the girls. However, I decided at the last minute to entertain some family at the Big House against EMU, so I dont have box scores yet.
Congrats to all the ladies and keep up the hard work.