Team aims to be MEAC champions

Catching fly balls, executing double plays, and stealing bases are some of the things one might see the Rattlerettes doing on the softball field while passing Osceola Street.

“We have a very strong team with a lot of intensity,” said junior Raven Rushton from Sacramento, Calif.

This year’s softball team consists of a new assistant coaching staff and five freshmen.

“We have a new assistant coaching staff and that helps to bring our team to a higher level that goes above and beyond recent years,” says co-captain Natalie Mathews.

The softball team has been practicing since September and is very excited about their upcoming season.

“The spring practice is different from the fall, instead of getting in shape we are preparing these girls to play at their best in the game,” said assistant coach Rhondey Donaldson.

The team has set several goals for their 2003 season. One of the major goals is to win the MEAC Championship.

“After that we are going to take it one step at a time,” Donaldson said.

The team of 20 is ready for their competition.

The ladies will play at least 29 games in all, including a MEAC tournament and hopefully a regional competition.

Their first game is Feb. 3 in Statesboro, Ga.

Twelve of the games are home games. On Feb. 4 the ladies will play their first game at home in front of the their fellow rattlers, which they are looking forward to.

“The first home game always excites us. The crowd is very important, because it is what we feed off of.” Rushton said.

Other home games include a Savannah State game, which is also “Kids Day,” a Bethune Cookman game and a game against Florida State that is sure to be exciting.

“Get your tickets now,” said Coach Veronica Wiggins. “We are ready to have some fun.”

With their motto “Have a ball playing ball,” the 2003 team is planning to have a very rewarding season.

“We are going to put on our best performance because we want the crowd to continue to come out and support us.” Mathews said.

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