Predators aim for state championship
The Fox Creek softball team has one goal for this season: a state championship.
The Predators, who were among the final four teams last season, have accomplished everything else under head coach David Bell.
“We’ve been region champs seven out of eight years, we’ve won the district championship three times, we’ve got players who went to play (NCAA) Division I, JUCO players and Division II players,” he said. “The checklist is filled out, all we have left to accomplish is the state championship. We’ve done everything else.”
Bell’s team is trying to bond as a unit in the early season, with new players assuming important positions on the team.
During preseason practice, Bell has been waiting for a player to assume a leadership position for the Predators.
“I don’t know yet (who will be a leader on the team). We’ve got a bunch who are thinking about it and talking about it,” he said. “Jada Simpson may be one, she’s mature beyond her years as a freshman. She’s got a great attitude about this (softball) and about school. I think she’s a 4.0 (GPA) kid. She works hard every day. Even when things are going bad, she’s still joking and laughing. Behind the plate we have a sophomore (Morgan Matthews) who learned a lot last year and is very smart with the game. She’s another 4.0 kid, but it’s hard when you’re the shortest girl on the team to tell the biggest girl what to do. Top to bottom, this is probably one of the best teams I’ve ever had, but I’m missing that one to step up and put it on her shoulders.”
Two players who are hoping to bring leadership to the team, Simpson and Sabrina Ladousier, both believe communication is key for the success of the team.
“I think I need to be more of a leader to the other girls,” Simpson said. “A few girls don’t have a lot of experience on the field, and I need to help them out as much as I can. ”
“It’s the closest team I’ve ever been on, and I’m a senior,” Ladousier said. “I don’t think I’ve ever bonded with a team like this team has, on the field and off the field. I think that’s going to help us in games, because we have a good relationship. We do hang out off the field, I know most teams don’t.”