The Florida A&M softball team has a lot to be optimistic about heading into the spring season. After finishing off their 2022 fall schedule with a win over the TCC Eagles, the Rattlers are looking to strengthen not only their team, but their overall performance when playing their games.
After finishing their past season with an underwhelming record of 18-31, on a four-game losing streak, the team is looking to improve within all cylinders ahead of their upcoming spring schedule.
Cris’Deona Beasley, team leader, spoke on the teams’ expectation heading into the 2023 season.
“Our main goal this season is to is to play together as one, communicate and to compete every play of the game,” Beasley said. “It is very important to play as a team and we need every player to win, whether that’s people in the dugout cheering or on the field bringing their best hundred percent.”
Beasley also spoke on the expectations she has being the starting pitcher.
“As the pitcher going into my senior season, I’m looking forward to dominating the SWAC conference and competing with power 5 programs,” Beasley said. “My role on the field is to lead my team to wins and step up in that ace position,” Beasley added.
The biggest component to take away from this team is the overall cohesiveness of the team. The players are stacked in every area, but the lack of unity has been their downfall in past years.
Senior Jania Davis spoke on what the ladies have been working on in preparation for this upcoming spring.
“This year we are working on team cohesiveness and unity,” Davis said. “We have the talent and skill to perform and excel in the SWAC, now we just have to learn that our unity is what will take us far within the conference.”
Davis is also looking forward to redeeming herself over previous played teams.
“I look forward to playing against HBCU teams. Last year I got hurt right before our stretch of playing HBCU teams and I missed a majority of the season, so I am really excited to see myself playing against girls I grew up playing with,” Davis added.
There is a lot to be excited about with this team. The energy feels different, the hunger for greatness is stronger and the goal of having success in the SWAC and putting their team on the map is still the goal.
Fans can look to see the Rattlers kick off their spring season this upcoming February.