Indiana Wesleyan University’s softball team begins its spring season in Kentucky Friday, Feb. 3 against Brescia University.
The Lady Wildcats look forward to seeing what their work in the offseason will do for them on the field this spring.
“I can’t wait to see how far we’ve come since the fall,” Amber Roth (jr) said. “We’ve all been putting in so much work, and it’s going to be fun to see it pay off.”
Head Coach Steve Babinski said the team has many strengths this year.
“We are special on the mound, aggressive on the bases, have a tight defense and do a great job driving the ball,” Babinski said. “If we stay healthy this team has a high ceiling for potential and it will be fun to watch.”
Over Christmas break, the softball team spent time in the Dominican Republic where they grew closer as a team.
Their focus this year is Team 30, meaning the 30th team in IWU history.
“Team 30 is a “Team Above Self” squad who is always looking to give everything to God,” Babinski said. “I am both honored and humbled to be called the team’s head coach and see it as a great blessing to help lead them to God’s throne.”
“I think one of the biggest strengths that our team will have this year is chemistry,” Sara Kreitzer (sr) said. “This team has been one of the best in terms of chemistry that I have ever been a part of and genuinely play with the idea of team above self in mind.”
Kreitzer also believes the returners, who bring leadership and have been a part of the success and national tournament bids, will benefit the team during the season.
Roth says the team is like a family.
“We try to encourage and challenge each other to grow in our walk with Christ,” Roth said.
IWU softball team is made up of 19 players and six coaches who are all dedicated to the culture of IWU athletics.
“We promote an attitude of being quick to celebrate others on the team in everything that we do, not only on the softball field but also off,” Kreitzer said. “This culture has been my favorite aspect of IWU softball during my time here.”