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Saints Inaugural Softball Team Filled With Local Roots

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HELENA - There are plenty of new sounds coming out of the Carroll College gym this winter, and they have nothing to do with basketball. That's because the Saints are finally fielding a softball team, and the players with local ties couldn't be happier to be a part of the first one.  

For years going to Carroll wasn't an option if you wanted to play college for softball, but not anymore.

"I am from Helena, my dad does coach here," said Saints freshman outfielder Brittany Hogan. "When I was a little girl starting softball I was like 'Carroll needs to get a softball program!' And then my senior year they got, and I got the opportunity to play here. So it's basically a dream come true."

Capital High Product Brittany Hogan is joined by four others from the Great Falls and Helena area, and even their head coach Aaron Jackson is also a Helena native.

"It's becoming a reality for a lot of girls in high school that are realizing that they can play in their home state," said Saints freshman third baseman Kaydee Parsons. "That's how it was for me. I was excited to hear that Carroll got a team, and that I could be playing an hour and a half away from home."

"To have such connections to the city of Helena and surrounding areas is great," said Jackson. "It's going to add to our fan base when we're at home, and we're getting the opportunity for their family to see them play."

But these girls aren't just here to be close to home. They want to instill a winning tradition.

"There's not a player on this team that can't play on our first game, that can't play every inning," said Hogan. "There's not a single player that can't play at the college level."

"I think everybody is pretty nervous," said Parsons. "But I think we had a good fall season, and we played pretty good teams and competed well. So I think we should do pretty well."

"We truly believe that winning and losing takes care of itself," said Jackson. "If we do the right things, and the little things right we'll win a lot of ball games.

The Saints open their season in Salem, Oregon on February 6th. They won't play at home until March 29th. But the fact that home is really home for so many of these girls, makes the wait worth it.
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