CHICKASHA – Starting the season 6-2, the Drover softball team — composed exclusively of returning players — is off to a strong start, said first year head coach Jadyn Smith-Wallis.
“They know exactly what each other is going to do. There are no surprises. I think that is going to be a huge factor for us this year,” she said. “I feel like the girls are really competing and working as a unit. We are fired up, definitely fired up for the season.”
With no newcomers, the team is on the smaller side. But that doesn’t deter Smith-Wallis’ enthusiasm about the squad.
“We are 14 strong. We are little, but we’ve got 14,” she said. “I know my pitchers are going to come through for me, and I know my defense will be right behind them.”
With it being her first season as a head coach, Smith-Wallis has had her fair share of transition into the role of being 100 percent in charge.
“My biggest transition has been second guessing myself … now I’m starting to take charge and really go after it. I’ve seen myself grow as a person, grow as a coach,” she said. “[I’m looking forward to] seeing the girls work as a unit.”
The Drovers will play their home opener on Tuesday against NCAA Division II Cameron University. The first pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.
“They’ve got a good team going down there at Cameron,” Smith said. “We just need to rise to the occasion and prepare with our pitchers with what their pitchers are going to throw.”