Mocs Softball Hopes For Healthier Pitching Staff in 2018
Chattanooga-(WDEF) The SoCon softball preseason coaches poll came out Thursday, and Chattanooga was picked to finish at the bottom of the league.
UTC wound up in last place last season as injuries tore apart the pitching staff.
The Mocs are hoping for a much healthier staff this year as they prepare for their season-opener next week.
You’ve heard of the sitcom ‘Two and a Half Men’, well Mocs coach Frank Reed felt he was in a sitcom last year called ‘One and a Half Pitchers’ because that was all the pitching Chattanooga had.
Said Reed:”I called it a pitcher and-a-half. That’s where we were as far as injuries, so we were trying to make it with that. That’s tough. It’s tough when you have three or four pitchers some years.”
With so little pitching, Chattanooga went 15-38.
Said pitcher Celie Hudson:”It was emotionally, mentally, and physically draining. It was hard.”(chuckles)
Reporter:”What did you learn from last season that can apply to this season?”
Said infielder J.J. Hamill:”To never give up. No matter what happens I’ve learned that you’ve just got to make the best out of it. You’ve got to be behind your teammates.”
The Mocs certainly feel more confident going into this season, especially since they now have six pitchers on the staff led by Celie Hudson.
Said Hudson:”I don’t see any reason why we can’t come out on top of the conference. We haven’t played yet obviously, but I think our pitching staff is at least one of the strongest ones. At least in the top half. Our hitters should hit. I mean that will be the tell.”
The Mocs offense wasn’t bad last year with a .279 team batting average.
But Coach Reed is hoping to spice up the run production.
Said Reed:”We’d like to introduce a little more speed to our game. Obviously that will be a big help, especially when you don’t have to sacrifice an out to move the runner over to be able to put them in scoring position.”
Said Hamill:”Some of the girls who are power hitters are also very quick. I think the speed and agility is A-1 this year for sure.”