After a long season of patiently waiting, the Racer softball team will be able to begin its season on new stomping grounds.
Racer Field is finally finished and ready for the Racers to take over as their fall season makes its arrival.
Head Coach Kara Amundson said she hopes to start the fall season on a high note, just like the one the team ended on at the closing of last year’s season.
“Just being able to get timely hits and to have consistent pitching and consistent defense is obviously always the goal,” Amundson said. “The biggest thing that we want to work on this year is fighting as a team.”
Amundson said the team’s word of last year’s season was “fearless.”
“It’s something we definitely started embracing at the end of the year,” Amundson said. “I think we’ve got a lot of really good returners that are jumping off of what we ended on last year.”
Amundson said looking at the season ahead is difficult because the Racers just started practice last week.
However, the team has plenty of time to practice before its regular season starts.
“Fall season is kind of like an exhibition season for us,” Amundson said. “It’s just a chance for our players to get out there and compete a little bit, and also kind of give me an opportunity to see who’s doing what, where.”
Amundson said she has big goals in mind for this year’s team.
“I think we’re going to be super competitive,” Amundson said. “Our goal is to always go out and win the OVC championship.
“The championship is something that this program hasn’t been able to capture yet. I definitely think that’s our end of the year goal.”
Now that the Racers have a new field to call home, Amundson said the new addition will bring something different to her team’s gameplay.
She said the field is exactly what the team wanted.
“It’s one of the best playing surfaces in the OVC right now,” Amundson said. “The fanfare that we’re going to get from being on campus is just going to bring such a different atmosphere to our game.”
Along with the new field and new season, the Racers have recruited new players. Seven freshmen have been added to the roster.
Amundson said the team held tryouts on Thursday night and will again tonight out at Racer Field.
“We’re kind of just giving an opportunity to some people who have voiced their want in continuing their career,” Amundson said. “We’re just giving them a shot to showcase their skills for us.”
The Racers will begin their fall season on Sept. 15 at Racer Field with a double-header against the St. Catharine Patriots.
Story by Taylor Crum, Assistant Sports Editor