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Griz Softball Ready For Spring Season to Begin

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The Montana Softball team may have lost their first ever game as a program, but from there…they won 7 straight, making it a very successful inaugural fall season.

"It was kind of unbelievable. Everyone didn't know what we would do, but it's something that makes you feel good," says freshman pitcher Carli Riordan.

Right now, as the team has several months together, coach Pinkerton is looking for his leaders to emerge.

"I think it will still evolve as our team develops, and as we move to February and make it into Big Sky Conference play, hopefully the leadership will be in place, and the people will have their roles defined," says head coach Jamie Pinkerton.

"We just need to work on communication as a whole. Once we get that down, that will help us out a lot, and working together as a team, we have great chemistry so I think we'll be good for the season," says freshman infielder Gabrielle Martinez.

While their field is in the process of being built, the softball team has practiced in Washington Grizzly stadium, and indoors at the Adams Center.

"The challenge is the surface, because as a pitcher I know it's so different to pitch on a floor rather than dirt, so we'll just adapt to it, and I don't think it will be a huge problem," says Riordan.

Another major difference from the fall season: the level of competition they'll face in the spring.

"It's a huge step up, even though we were 7-1, we didn't play a division 1 team. Obviously we played some great D2 teams, Minot State was an NCAA qualifier, so not to take any of the opponents for granted, but up and down the rosters, teams we play this spring will be stronger," says Pinkerton.

While the team is halfway through their inaugural season, excitement hasn't lessened, especially when you consider all the big challenges and facilities that are on the horizon.

"I think the excitement is way more, because we actually know what we're doing, instead of waiting to hear what we need to do for practice, and right now we're waiting on our new field, and that's super exciting as well," says Riordan.

"Now people are realizing we are here, so when we walk around town people make note of us being on the softball team which is awesome. Now that we're getting our gear, and getting ready for the season which is right around the corner, it's great," adds Martinez.

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