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UMPI Softball Team Prepares for Season on the Road

| March 26, 2014

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It’s another day of practicing indoors for the University of Maine Presque Isle softball team, something these girls are kind of getting tired of.

“Our outfielders never get to see a fly ball, and we don’t get to work on cutoffs with them that well, and you never really get to see how the ball bounces off the ground,” said junior captain Whitney Donovan.

But the girls continue to adjust, as they get ready for their Spring trip. Peter Coffin has been coaching the lady Owls for the past couple seasons, and is excited to see his girls improve every game and continue to grow closer as a team.

“That’s one thing about this team is if someone’s falling behind in something, they make sure they help them out and pick them back up,” he said.

“We also have a lot of different personalities, so they blend really well together, so we do have great team chemistry and we do have a lot of fun on the road,” added senior captain Brittany Leutjen.

And they’re on the road a lot, playing nearly half their schedule out of the state.

“It’s extremely exhausting,” said senior captain Krista Coffin. “It’s fun at first to travel to all these places but after hotel, after hotel, it’s really hard on the body.”

It’s quite an adjustment for any team who has to travel that much, but they’ve been preparing themselves mentally for months. Over the next week and a half, the lady Owls will play roughly 17 games during their Spring Trip. While it’s still the beginning of the season, Coach Coffin hopes to see his girls do a number things to make themselves better.

“Progress every game, show improvements, but definitely to stay healthy and win as many games as we have an opportunity to win,” he said.

The lady Owls are set to play their first two spring trip games on the 27th.

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