The NSU softball team is working hard in the offseason to prepare for the upcoming season
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The NSU softball team is working hard in the offseason to prepare for the upcoming season


Dustin Teenor

TNE writer

The Riverhawk’s women softball team has been working hard this offseason to build on last year’s 30-26 record. The team will also have some great players and four-year starters coming back to the roster this season.

The team will be getting back Kelsey Harmon, senior shortstop who has started for the RiverHawks four years. Some other four-year starters will be Haley Avery, senior third basemen, and Kyla Iberra, senior catcher. Maddie Boyd, senior second basemen, will be back in the infield this season for the RiverHawks, after two seasons where she was not able to compete.

“I was pregnant my original senior season, so I did what is called a pink shirt,” said Boyd. “I came back last season and played in the first seven games and got injured which kept me out all season.”

The NCAA granted Boyd her a senior year of eligibility, under the pink shirt rule and medical red shirt rule. Under the pink shirt rule, in the NCAA allows a female student athlete to apply for an additional year of eligibility if they become pgregnant during the season. After her injury in the following season she received a medical redshirt for that season because she got injured before she played 30 percent that season’s games.

“Honestly, once I got injured I wasn’t sure he would give me the opportunity to come back,” said Boyd. “Coach Davis has supported me throughout my whole career but even more these last two years. It’s given me comfort knowing that he believes in me enough to bring me back for my sixth year.”

The pitching staff will have several impact coming back to the roster this season with Gail Young, sophomore pitcher, who will be leading the team in most games this season.

“I have been working on being consistent with my team to continue to build trust on and off the field and keeping my attitude in check at all time,” said Young. “I must keep working on being able to throw all my pitches at any time in the game no matter the count.”

During the season, the RiverHawks have scrimmaged Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa and Eastern Oklahoma State College, winning both scrimmages. The women will play Murray this upcoming Tuesday, September 25 and Oklahoma State in October.

The team still has time to build on these scrimmages until the season starts in the spring, but a lot of what they are focusing on right now is coming together as a team.

“Our team communication and trust is our big emphasis this year,” said Sierra Crick, junior outfielder. “Being totally comfortable with each and every person that is by your side.”

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