Softball beats Kingsville four game series 3-1, enters playoffs

Samuel Sutton

Katelyn Vinson senior infielder jogging towards home after a home run. April 22. Photo by. Topher G. McGehee
Katelyn Vinson senior infielder jogging towards home after a home run, April 22. Photo by. Topher G. McGehee

Playoffs didn’t look like a possibility for the softball team before April 22, but when the team won the series 3-1 against Texas A&M Kingsville, the low possibility turned into a guarantee.

Since Saturday was Senior Day, the team’s softball players were honored before the third game of the series.

Kathleen Vinson, nursing and psychology senior, said, “We’re excited. We weren’t sure if we were going to get in before this series, but we did what we had to do, and it worked out for us.”

With this series win, the team has some confidence heading into playoffs.

Erin Knox, accounting sophomore, said, “Any time you win, you get momentum, but especially when the wins get you into the playoffs.”

While it is nice the team got into the playoffs, the team’s overall goals were not met.

Head coach, Brady Tigert, said, “I’m glad we won, and I’m glad we’re in, but we had higher goals coming into the season. We wanted to get to regionals right away, but that didn’t happen, so it’s bittersweet.”

The last time the team was at home, pitching was a problem. However, they addressed this issue with multiple reps, practices, and games. 

Tigert said, “We were hitting our spots, not getting behind against batters, and we were more focused. We’ve actually been doing this over the last few away games as well.”

Even though the team is starting to get more wins, Tigert said there is still work to be done.

“We need to improve on everything. Pitching, batting, defense, base running, and overall, just being more consistent. Because while we did pitch well this series, we still had problems a lot of times. We can win, but we have to fix some things,” Tigert said.

Another highlight was when the team’s seniors were honored for Senior Day before the third game of the series. Knox had good words to say about all of the seniors on the team.

“These girls have consistently been very good. They hit well, and they defend well, but they also have lots of heart and passion. They’re just all around great players.”

Vinson, one of the seniors, said she has enjoyed getting to play this long for a team like this. She also had good things to say about her teammate, and another senior, Haley Howerton.

“Haley has been great. She and I have lots of memories on and off the field. Been something special having her as a teammate,” Vinson said.

Vinson said while playing softball has been fun, she has no plans to play softball after college.

“I’ve got a degree in nursing, and I want to focus on that after school. I want to turn the page and do something else,” Vinson said.

The softball team will play its first playoff game on April 29 at 11 a.m. at Cameron University.