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Thursday, March 6, 2014

CHICKASHA – Now into conference action, the Drover softball team’s mix young talent and veteran players is proving to be a successful combination — especially once the growing pains work out.

“This season is off to a pretty good start,” Drover catcher Kayla Adams said. “We have a lot of freshmen on the team so we are trying to get them acclimated to the new environment of college ball versus high school ball … we are all trying right now to mesh as a team.”

With six freshmen and eight upper classmen, the balance works in the Drovers’ favor and the team is gelling well, Adams said.

“The freshmen bring this young vibrant play to the table, yet now the older girls are mentoring these girls and letting them learn the smarts and the mental part of the game,” Adams said. “We have a lot of season, so hopefully, it only goes up from here.”

The Drovers began conference action against No. 3 Oklahoma City. Two other conference teams sit in the NAIA Preseason Top 25 Poll. USAO was picked to finish fourth in the conference.

“I feel like it is a fair placement, and I feel like we could even do better if we really do succeed and strive at what we do and with all the talent we have on the team,” Adams said.