Softball team looks to turn season around

Cara Basile, Correspondent

Despite the unpredictable weather, the women’s softball team is eager to build a winning streak on the field.

The Lady Colonels have suffered some tough losses so far this season, but are hoping to get back on track with multiple home games this upcoming week. The women take on King’s College April 5, John Jay College of Criminal Justice April 6 and Baptist Bible College April 8.

The team has been trying to get use to the current weather changes that have been affecting their playing areas. Freshman Lacey Bixler said the team has had only one outside practice.

“The weather has caused a lot of game cancelations,” Bixler said. “Practicing inside is not as beneficial as practicing outside for obvious reasons such as space limitations.”

Bixler has started her collegiate season on a positive note, contributing with some big hits earlier this season. She said she enjoys playing with all of her teammates and that they have made her freshman transition much easier.

“As a freshman I had the fear of fitting in and feeling welcome, but the upperclassman allowed me to feel at home on and off the field,” Bixler said. “I enjoy playing with every single one of my teammates. Every girl seems to have a different personality, and I think this is what allows us to get a long so greatly.”

The freshman has set goals not only for herself, but for her team this season, as well. Like every athlete, Bixler wants to improve as a player, but she also wants to help the seniors to have a notable last year.

“I want this to happen because my sister also plays softball here at Wilkes and this will probably be her last time playing for a softball team,” Bixler said. “I want for her and other girls to have an amazing last year.”

For Bixler, softball has been an overall enjoyable sport since the age of four. She said she loves the feeling a homerun or throwing someone out on a steal.

“Cheering my teammates on is something I find very enjoyable as well, Bixler said. “Having high energy and spirit is necessary for all players. I was always a strong believer in one person’s negative attitude bringing down the attitude of an entire team so it is always good to keep everyone positive.”