The West Point Lady Wave softball team followed up their recent success last spring with a good summer on the diamond. Head coach Brian Sellers said the main issue the team focused on over the last few months was making sure the girls got plenty of playing time.
“The biggest thing for us was the experience,” he said. “During the JV games your trying to get everybody in. You might get one at bat or half an inning in because your trying to get 15 players in the game over the last two or three innings. So biggest thing was the repetitions to get better for next year.”
Sellers, who has been at the school for six seasons, just wrapped up his first season in the dugout and said it’s been a lot of fun coaching the girls.
“They’ve learned a lot from me, and I’ve learned a lot of from them,” he said. “It’s been different. I’ve go a great coaching staff that’s helped me out, and they’re really good at what they do.”
The softball season doesn’t restart until next spring and several of the girls are active in other activities throughout the school year, including ROTC, cheerleading and soccer. Sellers hopes to have a period during the year that will keep the girls active with the program to keep them tuned with hitting, fielding and lifting weights. But he admits it’s hard to compete when they have other things going on.
“When it’s soccer season, I can’t ask them to come hit when they’re supposed to be practicing,” he said. So I’m trying to get an athletic period so we can keep them in shape.”
The Green Wave made a commitment before the summer to keep their minds focused on softball. All 20 girls on the roster played in games, and in all the team averaged about 16 players a game while other teams fielded just 10. Sellers said that commitment and focus carried over from the regular season.
“They bought into what we were doing from the beginning,” he said.
Historically, West Point has had it’s share of tough seasons. But within a year, Sellers and his staff made history with a 10-win season on their way to the playoffs. They even went seven innings against rival New Hope.
“We’ve gotten better and we’re competitive.”
West Point relies heavily on their athleticism, speed and of course a young arm in the circle; Abigail Turner.
“She’s so mentally tough,” Sellers said. “She understands what we ask of her and she understands that she’s got a job to do and she’ll do it. But all the players know they have a role on the team.”
Sellers said the girls always wanted to play, but now they have fun doing it and that’s made a big difference.
“When your having fun, you’ll start winning because winning’s fun,” he said. “If your having fun, you want to be there and when you want to be there, you’ll get better.”