By: Tyler Push, Sports Editor
Newman’s softball team had its opening matchup vs. East Central postponed due to inclement weather on Feb. 1, but the team lined up against Friends University on Feb. 6 for a doubleheader to begin its season instead.
Newman went 2-0 on the day, winning the first game 9-7 and the second game 9-1.
Jets softball is coming off of a 6-31 year last season.
Head coach Andrea Gustafson said that with a young team this year, the intent at practice has been to get the players as much experience as possible with game-like situations.
“I want to have a team that is gritty, tough, scrappy, and doesn’t ever give up,” she said. “So I hope when you come out to watch the game that you’ll see a team that just plays hard until the very last out is made at the end of the game.”
Gustafson said that the biggest focus for the team this year is building chemistry.
Senior outfielders Taylor Ullery and Lauren Kuhrt, senior pitcher Anna Veltien, and sophomore infielder Annisa Ramos have shown good leadership and are expected to contribute to the Jets this year, she said.
“I feel as if I can bring a positive atmosphere and influence to those around me,” Ullery said. “I am excited for the season because I am confident in the talent that we have this year and ready to see where it can lead us.”
Kuhrt has been a part of Newman softball for four years and has grown a lot as an athlete and teammate, she said.
“We have a good dynamic and some really good players,” Kuhrt said. “I’m hoping we will definitely surprise some people this year, and my goal is to keep giving my team everything I can until the last out.”
Jets softball will continue their season on Tuesday in Alva, Oklahoma, against Northwestern Oklahoma State.
PHOTO: Courtesy photo, Newman Athletics