Doane softball started their season with a three-win streak in the Cowtown Classic in Texas.
The Tigers secured an 8-0 victory in the opening game of the season against William Woods. Sophomore Josie Schnakenberg pitched for the entire game. According to doaneathletics.com, Schnakenberg had four strikeouts, two walks and four scattered hits.
Doane finished off the weekend a 6-5 win over Panhandle State. The team secured an 11-1 victory against the University of Saint Mary.
“Our communication and team chemistry have changed dramatically from last season,” said Schnakenberg. “We feel more at ease now that this will be everyone’s second year underneath Coach (Aurelia) Gamch.”
The batters adjusted to the pitchers and improved their hitting as the weekend went on, said Schnakenberg.
She said that a key factor of their success was the depth of the team.
“If a teammate isn’t performing at their best, we have players to step up to the occasion and perform well,” she said.
Freshman Rylie Bryant has produced crucial runs by executing slap-hits, said Schnakenberg.
Bryant said she has learned a lot from her coaches and teammates during practices. Her teammates have made her feel more comfortable when it’s time to take the field. Bryant added that the preseason practices prepared her for these first few games.
“I definitely had some pregame nerves going into these first games,” said Bryant. “If I could work on being more confident I think that could help me in all aspects.”
Schnakenberg said the strong 3-0 start will give the team confidence and momentum. It also gives the team a chance to reflect on where the team struggled, said Schnakenberg.
“The mindset that we’re playing for the love of the game and each other will carry us through till the end,” said Schnakenberg.
The Tiger softball team will travel to Tahlequah, Okla. and compete in the Northeastern State Triangular.