Softball gets extra work during fall ball

GVL / Bo Anderson

GVSUs Katie Martin points to her teammate after safely reaching second base.

GVL / Bo Anderson GVSU’s Katie Martin points to her teammate after safely reaching second base.

Tate Baker

As the leaves are changing and a cool breeze drifts throughout Grand Valley State University’s campus, the football, golf, soccer and volleyball teams highlight the sporting landscape in Allendale. What many people do not know is that the softball team is already beginning preparation for the spring season.

“The fall is a very important time for all of us to set the tone for the upcoming season,” said senior Katie Martin. “I see it is a benchmark to see what we need to improve on in the off-season. It’s also a really exciting time for the freshmen to see what they can contribute with their talents.”

The Lakers are eager to get back into action this weekend as they host Davenport University on Saturday, and then travel to Mt. Pleasant on Sunday for a pair of games with Central Michigan University.

“It’s really important for our chemistry to get going,” said head coach Doug Woods. “It’s also a great time for our younger players to get some experience.”

The fall is a primitive time for the freshman as they get ready to begin their careers as Lakers. Opportunity knocks for them as it’s also a chance to show what they can contribute to the program.

“All the freshmen will make a huge impact on the team this year,” Martin said. “They all have skills that will make us a stronger team. I’m really excited to see how they do this weekend and how they react to different pressure situations.”

Although some of the intensity and hype will be missing, it doesn’t mean that this isn’t a crucial time for the team’s early development.

“It’s definitely more of a relaxed atmosphere than in the spring,” Woods said. “We definitely take more chances, hit and run, steals, etc.”

Lead by returning All-American and 2011 Daktronics player of the year, Martin has high expectations for this year’s squad.

“I want to win the GLIAC this year, and I would like to make an appearance at the college world series and win a national championship,” Martin said. “We have all the talent and skill, it’s in our hands now to make it happen.”

The Laker’s season ended last spring in the Midwest Regional tournament after tallying 45 wins, the sixth most in school history. The team opens up its fall home season against the Panthers.
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