NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State softball program completed its first weekend of practices on Monday afternoon. The four day stretch allowed the Tigers to work out seven times, while the temperatures assisted on the ability to be comfortably outside in mid-January. The squad will resume practice on Wednesday after a day off for the first day of classes.
“We had a great training camp,” said head coach Tom Opdenbrouw. “I was impressed with our willingness to learn and keep developing our skills individually and as a team. We have been really working on our physical skills stressing proper fundamentals and communication.”
The Tigers bookended a pair of scrimmages with separate offensive and defensive sessions. The pitching of transfer Taylor Green and freshman Amber Galyon stymied the offensive attack for most of the live action on Sunday afternoon.
Senior Kate Morris shined on day one with three hits, two doubles, and a walk. Morris is coming off a 30 RBI season, which is the second best single season amount in program history.
On Monday morning, the bats woke up as Morris, once again led the way with a pair of hits. Seven other batters notched multiple hit games, including junior transfer Jasmine Matchen who hit a towering three-run home run.
The Tigers closed out the training camp with an offensive session, focusing on base running and the short game.
“Monday nights practice was about bringing high intensity to every drill,” Opdenbrouw said. “Following an off day, we will continue to work on all facets of the game, while focusing on becoming closer as a group, improving our physical attributes, and our mental game.”