The Huntington softball team’s season is in full swing.
By Sarah Disbro, Staff Writer
Beginning their season with a trip down south to Kentucky and Tennessee, first-year head coach Erin Ehler’s team suffered a defeat in their first game of the year against No. 22 Cumberlands University. Huntington University got its first win of the season against Indiana University South-Bend, outscoring the Titans 17-5.
The young Forester team has only three wins in the season, but Coach Ehler is confident in the team’s progress.
“Even though the wins are not yet reflecting, we are seeing a ton of growth as a team overall in a lot of different areas,” said Ehler in an email interview. “We feel confident that these things are going to continue to keep growing since our team is so young and is learning each time they step on the field.”
The Foresters have already begun Crossroads League play, going 1-5. Losses came against Grace College and Taylor University. HU split the home series against Spring Arbor, picking up a win in the first game before losing in the second.
Ehler’s team still has to play conference games against No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan, Goshen College, No. 16 Marian University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Saint Francis. The Foresters will then play each team again at the reverse venue.
Learning from the past games, Ehler knows there’s room for her team to improve.
“We are really looking to grow our confidence in tight situations,” said Ehler. “We currently have left a lot of runners stranded on base…and we are just missing that timely hit in the big situation. We also look to tighten up our defense behind our young pitching staff.”
The Foresters do have a young team, with seven incoming freshmen and only four upperclassmen. However, the freshmen and sophomores have taken up the challenge, with a majority of the starting lineup including both freshman and sophomores.
“We are really focusing on their growth to help steer this program in the right direction for years to come,” said Ehler.
Even though the team is young, Ehler stated leadership has come from different classes, and the team captains are at the forefront.
HU will wrap up its softball season away at Mount Vernon on April 30 before conference tournament play begins.
Looking ahead, Ehler’s goal for her team is to continue improving with each game.
“Our biggest goal is to get better each time we step on the field,” stated Eher. “Even though we have not yet put all the pieces together, we are looking to just grow our confidence in our young squad and really set a gritty, solid foundation for future teams to come.”