The Thomson Lady Dogs fast-pitch team is hoping that a long summer of hard work will pay off for them this season.
"Even though the schedule is tougher than last year, the upcoming season looks good for the team," says Lady Dogs head coach Jason Osborn. Coach Osborn also said that this year the team consists of more players and with that comes experience. "There are a few sophomores that played early last year as freshmen, so that helps."
Coach also commented that the summer helped recognize the team's strengths and weaknesses. "The greatest improvement that we have made is at the plate. We have swung the bat much better than in the past." New assistant coach, Katie Sutherland is credited for this accomplishment. "She has driven the girls to work harder and this has awakened our bats." Coach Osborn says that the team's weaknesses will be in their ability to think for themselves in certain situations and to know what to do with the ball. "When you can do all the little things right, great things happen."
As far as the team goes mentally and physically, they are prepared. Along with this, Coach Osborn has advice for the girls. "Never get too high and never get too low; stay the same mentally on a regular basis."
The girls' opinion of the team is somewhat similar to Coach Osborn's. Junior short stop Hannah Wilson said, "We are going all the way this year!" The girls know that they need more work as Miranda Barker observes, "We need to keep up the hard work and effort to win region." The Lady Dogs have high expectations this year and plan to fulfill them.