Softball players to mark many firsts

Bobby Scott, Editor-In-Chief

Pitt-Johnstown softball program’s inaugural season is to begin with the team’s first ever trip to Florida over spring break.

The Lady Cats are to play eight games in six days in Clermont, Fla.

Four of the games are to be played against four different teams during the trip’s last two days.

Freshman catcher Amanda O’Toole said that the trip should show how well the team acts in adversity.

“I’m looking forward to finding out how the team dynamic will work, and how we come together in game-pressure situations as a new team,” she said.

“My expectations for Florida are to win a few games, and figure out who plays best at every position.”

There are three utility players on the roster along with eight women who can play two or more positions.

Much like the baseball team, the Lady Cats have been forced to practice indoors since the spring semester began.

“It has been rough preparing to play outside because we feel like we are in a shoebox (practicing) indoors,” freshman outfielder Kayla Luprek said.

Luprek said that the coaching staff has resorted to throwing balls off of the Sports Center balcony to players waiting to field the ball on the basketball court.

Freshman utility player Amber Maurer said that, even though the team has been stuck inside, they have managed to go over game situations.