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Softball looks for post season play

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Sitting fourth in the conference with games against the top three GPAC (Great Plains Athletic Conference) teams still to go, Doane softball has its eyes set on the post season.

Junior Jordan Van Roy said the season started out a little shaky for the team. She said the team had trouble staying consistent at the start.

Despite growing pains at the beginning of the season, head coach Aurelia Gamch said the team was currently sitting with a record of 23-15 overall and 7-5 in conference play. Gamch is confident in this year’s team, she said.

“We have a lot of talent on this team and we are working hard on the things that we need to get better at,” Gamch said.

The only complaint that Gamch had about the team’s performance was that they needed to be better at making routine plays and finishing games when they were ahead.

Senior Brittney Amezquita said Morningside College was the team’s biggest rival this year. In all the four years that Amezquita has been at Doane, they haven’t beat them once.

“They are always an intense team to play,” Amezquita said.

However, Amezquita said she has her eyes set on a bigger picture than just Morningside. She recalled making it to the national tournament and winning the conference tournament her freshman year. This year, she wants to relive that.

In order to make it to nationals, Amezquita said the team will most likely have to win the GPAC tournament like they did her freshman year. Eight conference teams are selected to play each year in the GPAC tournament by their stats and accomplishments during the regular season.

The team also competed this last fall, but Gamch, who is in her first season as head coach, said the atmosphere of the team has already changed since last semester.

“We have become closer as a team since the fall,” Gamch said. “Our focus this year has been about being a great teammate. I have learned that if a team does not have great chemistry than they will not be successful.”

Van Roy said that everyone on the team contributed to its success this year, even underclassmen. Even heading into the post season, Van Roy said that she trusts every player on the team to do their job.

“We’ve all played softball since we were little,” Van Roy said. “It’s the same game, it should just be the same amount of excitement that we have during these games.”

At the same time, Gamch said she held the team to a high standard.

“My expectation for my team is to go out there and compete everyday," Gamch said. “I expect them to work hard and give me 110% effort in practices, games and in the classroom. I expect them to work in unity and play with passion and grit.”

Doane softball’s next contest is scheduled for 1 p.m. on April 21 in Orange City, Iowa against Northwestern College.