For some reason, it seems like this break between the 2012 and 2013 softball season has lasted so much longer than in past years. It cannot be that I didn’t keep myself busy as between giving pitching instruction, coaching 14u travel ball, working, and family–I really had no time for sitting around and waiting, haha! So in the midst of this softball drought of sorts, I have been trying to imagine just how hard this new, freshmen-laden roster is going to compete.
Despite the lofty rankings in the EPSN 100 recruiting base, it comes down to performing at the right place at the right time, something freshmen can often struggle with. Not to overshadow the veterans with the rookies, it is noteworthy that Georgia returns three seniors (Sito,Olney, and Branch) as well as a junior pitcher who had a breakout season in 2011 (Morgan Montemayor). Last year “Mo” was struggling a bit, but thankfully Arevalo was here to take over the leadership role she had worked so hard on achieving for 3 hard years! This year it will be up to Montemayor to change things up a bit, literally and figuratively. After watching Morgan throw in practice and in Fall Ball, it looks as if she has gotten into much better physical shape and is really working the corners well! I am extremely excited to see her on opening weekend!
Everyone is so excited about watching the freshmen compete in 2013, and I think these girls know the expectations are very high! The target on their backs is enormous, and the pressure will rear its head, but after watching these freshmen battle back after being down six runs on the road to FSU in the Fall, I am drinking the Kool-Aide! 🙂
Two weeks away until first pitch against Elon. Should be a great game! I will provide weekend updates, photos, video, and recap coverage for the first two home tournaments, as well as for Palm Springs. Palm Springs is going to be a blast!