Softball team prepares for Mizuno Tournament of Champions
The Dixie State College women's softball team is following up its victory against Hawaii Pacific University with preparations for the upcoming University of Hawaii-Hilo and then on to Turlock.
DSC head softball coach Randy Simkins gathered with the team Monday to brush up for the games yesterday and today.
"They're very good," Simkins said about UHH, "In order for us to get back to the top of the conference, we're going to have to play well against Hawaii-Hilo and put some wins together."
Simkins said he was proud of DSC's sweep of HPU and especially the team's three straight run-rule.
"That was big," he said. "We needed that in order to get back toward the top of the conference."
DSC will be playing California State University Dominguez Hills, California State University East Bay, California State University, Stanislaus, California State University, San Bernardino and Chaminade Friday, followed by the championship on April 1.
Simkins said getting on the road is no trouble for the team.
"Obviously it's easier to play at home, but these kids have been to Turlock before," he said. "The only thing that's going to be a little bit different ... is we play morning games."
Sophomore pitcher Mattie Snow, a sophomore from Tooele, helped throw back-to-back one hitters against HPU. She said, outside of the bus ride, the team had little to fear against CSUDH.
"I'm not scared of anything," Snow said. "[We need to] just keep the offense and the defense rolling; get ahead and keep the ball down."
Freshman outfielder Courtney Hine, a freshman psychology major from San Dimas, Calif., said the team is focusing on batting and on the opposing teams.
"[We're] adjusting to how their pitchers are pitching," Hine said. "We're doing a lot of ground balls and slide balls and all the mechanics."
She agreed with Snow that the long drives are the biggest issue at this point in the season, but the defeat against UHH has set the tone for the tourney.
"I think we're going to have a good season," Hine said. "I think (the game against) Hawaii this past weekend was just a start to what we really can do."
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