Softball Team Needs to Play Up to Competition

Softball team starts with tough competition

Mike McQueen, Multimedia Manager

The Lake Land Softball team is gearing up for another big time season under Head Coach Nic Nelson. Coach Nelson is very excited for the upcoming season, and noted he knows by “signing day” if his team is going to be competitive.
He was quick to dismiss what looked like a very good season last year saying there were some games that they should have one, but still hundreds of teams would love to have had the season the Lakers had. That is an ongoing theme with Coach Nelson he is always pushing his players to improve, and be the very best versions of themselves. This sentiment was reiterated by freshman Britt Remmers Outfielder from Werkendam, Netherlands who said practices were much more intense.
After speaking with sophomores Audrey Casey Catcher, Madison Boone Third Base, and Chloe Wigington Infielder/Outfielder from Ascot, England you start to get a sense that Coach Nelson is building more than a team they are a family. Audrey made a special point of how she cherishes the friendships she made as a freshman and still is in contact with last years sophomores.
All the players I spoke with including freshman Kendall Hastings Utility Player, and Addison Bailey Outfielder emphasized the importance of time management. It is easy to forget these are student athletes, and as such much is expected from them on a daily basis. They all agreed there day typically started at 6:30am and went to 6:30pm including school and softball. Softball is their job as the players stated when asked if they could hold part-time jobs.
The first practices generally go 4 – 5 hours, but eventually the same drills can be performed in 1.5 to 2 hours. This is due to the players gaining an understanding of what is expected for each drill, and their improved conditioning.
Even with this momentous time demand on the players, the first of two goals that Coach Nelson is focused on is gaining the NJCAA Academic All American Award, which requires the team hold a GPA above 3.
His second goal is to win a Division I NJCAA National Title anything less is not good enough for this hard working Softball team, scratch that Softball Family. This second goal is backdropped against an extremely strong slate of opponents this season especially in the early going. Coach Nelson would not likely have it any other way, because you cannot gauge the talent of a team playing against lesser opponents.
In fact sophomore Audrey Casey is really “excited” by the tough fall schedule. Thier schedule is not against typical junior colleges, rather the softball team must face one after another of major four year universities.
As Coach Nelson put it “these are no JV teams”,and he is correct as they will be facing off with Purdue, the Universities of Texas, Louisville and Kentucky to name a few.
The Schedule can be found on lakelandcollege.edu no upcoming home games as of printing, but check back often and root on the Laker Softball team.

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