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SMC Softball: Belles ready for Albion

Katie Heit | Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Belles were hit with another bout of bad weather that cancelled their games against Hope for the third time. Saint Mary’s will play a doubleheader today against Albion at home.

“Albion has proven to play well against some of the best teams in our conference,” Belles coach Erin Sullivan said. “They have been in most of their games and they don’t go down without a fight.”

The Belles have only played one opponent in the last two weeks, which has give them time to perfect the weaker points of their game. 

“Stringing hits together is always key for us,” junior infielder Kate Mitchell said. “We need to stick to the fundamentals and not go up to the plate looking to hit homeruns. Getting runners on base and putting the ball in play will be key.”

Saint Mary’s is eager to settle back into game play.

“[The bad weather has] actually been more of a motivator,” Mitchell said. “We’ve never been more ready to get out there on that field.”

With all of the delays Saint Mary’s has suffered this season, it will now play a doubleheader on each of the next four days.

“It’s not easy to play so many games in a row without a practice to tune things up, but luckily we have done this earlier this season, during spring break,” Sullivan said. “We can look back at our success and mental toughness during those ten games in five days as motivation.”

Saint Mary’s is attempting over the next four days to gain a place in the MIAA postseason tournament.

“We control our own destiny right now, when it comes to winning a spot in the conference tournament,” Sullivan said. “Our plan is, when we get to play, we are going to play to win rather than being afraid to lose.”

The Belles will play Albion today at 3:30 on Saint Mary’s home field.