The Baker Orange

Softball opens season with 2-3 record

Story by Jenna Stanbrough

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The Baker University softball team opened its season at the Cowtown Classic on Friday and Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas, coming out of the weekend with a 2-3 record.

Due to the winter weather, the team had just one outdoor practice before the tournament, and interim head coach Jamie Stanclift said that played a factor in the season opener.

“We had some things, some situations and … some miscues that have to be expected with our limited practice time outdoors, because there’s only so much you can do inside at indoor practice,” Stanclift said. “The game’s just not the same when you have to shrink it down and practice inside, so I expected there to be some flaws.”

The team ended day one with a 1-2 record after falling to No. 3 Oklahoma City University 9-0, then coming back to defeat Oklahoma Wesleyan University 5-3, and ending the day with a 4-3 loss to NCAA Division I University of the Incarnate Word.

“We … played a DI school this weekend, and we only lost by one run,” senior center fielder Renata Dill said. “Playing good teams will only prepare us to work on our game and just be ready for what’s in store for us and just be able to play at that level and be able to even beat anyone.”

Day two of the tournament saw the Wildcats splitting their two games. Their win came against the University of Saint Mary, 5-0, while they dropped game two to Doane College, 8-2.

The Wildcats will look toward the Oklahoma Baptist University Spring Festival, where they will face Dordt and Hastings College on Friday and Dordt and No. 15-ranked Oklahoma Baptist University on Saturday.

“We really focus more on our game and what we’re doing rather than who we play and what they’re ranked and what they’ve done,” Stanclift said, “because we really firmly believe that if we take care of our business and do all the little things right and play our game, that we should be in a position to win games.”