Softball is confident in future
Progression, is how Char Wilson Head softball coach summed up this past season, and although the Corsairs finished with an overall record of 5-30, coaches and players alike are determined to put together a winning season in the future.
The past season could best be described as a season of mental errors, and inexperience within the squad.
"They had a lot of heart," Coach Wilson said of her players. With a team that only had five returning players and a whole new coaching staff, the odds of a successful season were against them but the Corsairs tried to make the best of their situation.
First year Coach Wilson plans on starting the next season off right as her and her team has begun off-season workouts at the beach.
"We have got what it takes," said Wilson, "its just a matter of them [the players] putting in the work."
Wilson brings 25 years of experience to the team and is determined to help the Corsairs accomplish a winning season.
"This was definitely a learning experience," said freshman shortstop Jocelyne Ferrufino. Ferrufino plans to spend her off-season putting in work training on and off the field and looks forward to being a leader that the incoming players can look up to.
Sophomore third baseman Rosie Magallon, who will not play next season but instead come back as a coach for the team, feels that the next season's squad will be better prepared to compete with the introduction of experienced recruits.
"They are going to have a strong base next year," said Samantha Bozak, the teams catcher, "We are definitely going to have a lot more experience to bring to the table."
Apart from just putting in the work on the field, the Corsairs are looking to recruit heavily this off-season, and Coach Wilson and Coach Jenn Hernandez, who had a successful run as a high school coach before joining the SMC program, are excited at the prospects of being able to recruit players with some more experience as they enter their second season with the team.
"We're building," said. Hernandez.
Even though the season just ended last month, Coach Wilson isn't taking any time off as she already has her returning players doing off-season work outs and offering a softball class in the fall for potential recruits.
"If you want to be on my team you better be in the class," said Coach Wilson. The class would essentially be a 16-week try-out to determine who will be on the roster next season and would be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45 a.m. to 5:05 a.m.