NSU softball looks to finish strong
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NSU softball looks to finish strong

Published 3/23/17

Matt Reynolds

TNE Writer

The softball season for the NSU RiverHawks is full swing into the 2017 season. To this point, NSU supports a 16-15 record. The second half stretch of the season is upon the RiverHawks softball team with the next few weeks being vital to their postseason chances.

“The keys so far this season has been our offense,” said Clay Davis, NSU softball head coach. “As a team we lead the MIAA in home runs and runs scored. The key to finishing strong is we have to get more consistent pitching.”

NSU softball has developed chemistry over this season. The team is building off of success from the previous year.

“The key for our softball team to be successful throughout the rest of the season is a combination of many things,” said Mollie Carter, Crystal City, Mo. senior. “The first thing would have to be togetherness. Our team will need to have more togetherness when things don't go our way. Instead of falling apart, we need to pick each other up and, as I would say, hold the rope. If one person fails at something, know that the person behind you is going to be there to pick you up and hold the top to keep you from falling. The second and main thing would have to be fight. We need to have the fight from the first inning into the seventh inning of each game. Nothing is over until the last pitch is thrown and until the last out is made. Everyone has a role in the game no matter what- as a starter, a pinch hitter or being a string-2 player. The time will come, and when your number is called you have to be ready to step up and succeed to help your team. Everyone has a role.”

The RiverHawks have been led behind the bat of Muskogee junior, Paige Gann. Since joining the NSU softball program after graduating from Muskogee, Gann has been a key member of the team. This season Gann has stepped up her game at the plate.

Gann has outstanding statistics, averaging .386 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs. The play of Gann has lifted the RiverHawks to victory in several games.

“Paige Gann has definitely been our standout player,” said Davis. “She leads the MIAA in home runs and RBIs and is second in the nation in homeruns.”

Last season the RiverHawks had one of their best seasons in program history. Davis is taking the softball program to new heights.

“Clay Davis continues to build our softball program,” said Tony Duckworth, NSU athletic director. “Last year was a record setting season for the RiverHawks. Coming into this season there was some uncertainty about several keys positions that were vacated due to graduation and medical matters, but the team has pulled together and is off to a very good start in MIAA play.  The spring season is early, but I look forward to seeing Coach Davis, his capable staff and team perform strong down the stretch.  There is a lot to be excited about surrounding our softball program.”

The RiverHawks have a lot of youth on this year’s roster, but are still competing at a high level. NSU looks to finish off the season strong.

The RiverHawks will be in action at noon, Saturday, May 25 on their home field versus Missouri Western State University.  

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