The Lady Braves dealt with adversity for practically all of last season. The program played the entire year with only nine players due to some key injuries and a few players quitting the team. The Lady Braves look forward to working hard this fall to give them the opportunity to be competitive this spring.
Head Coach Carrie Calderon is entering her 23rd season with the program, and after a disappointing 2014 campaign she is more than eager to get back to work.
“I’m really energized and excited for this spring because I love being around people that want to work hard and challenge themselves, but who also want to learn the game,” Coach Calderon said.
Coach Calderon’s main focus point for the fall season is for her team to continue to learn every day. The Lady Braves are a young team this year with twelve freshmen and only four returning sophomores.
For Coach Calderon, the fall season is an opportunity to give the first year players important experience playing at the college level.
“They’re not playing high school softball any more, they have to make the adjustment to everything being faster and more challenging.”
Freshman outfielder Caitlin DeWitte credits Coach Calderon and the sophomore players for helping her through the learning process that comes with playing college softball. Caitlin admits the fall season has been challenging at times, but Coach Calderon has taught her that nothing is going to come easy at the college level so she has to approach the game with a never give up mentality.
The sophomores on the team have also played a role in helping Caitlin prepare for this spring. According to Caitlin, the sophomore players are always there to help whenever she’s in need, which has helped her learn from her mistakes. With the spring season five months out, Caitlin looks forward to continue preparing for the spring by working hard and learning with her teammates during practice.
Sophomore outfielder Amanda Bowen, who is a team captain, embraces any opportunity she gets to help her teammates. However, she believes the entire team contributes to the learning process.
“I’ve learned so much from the freshmen players as well. It’s a learning process where we’re all able to learn from each other, and I believe that will make our team stronger,” Amanda Bowen said.
The Lady Braves competed in seven exhibition games this fall and they recently concluded their fall season with the programs second annual Alumni game. The team will now focus their attention on conditioning in preparation for the spring season. The Lady Brave’s complete roster and schedule can be found at BHC.edu