Softball ready for 2014 season

Softball ready for 2014 season

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The Boise State softball team opened their season this past weekend and are expecting big things this year.

“We are definitely getting that Mountain West ring,” senior outfielder Devon Bridges said. “That is our priority there and making it to the postseason and enjoying that ride of being the first team to make it to the postseason.”

The Broncos didn’t have the best of seasons last year as they finished 25-26 with a 9-9 record in the Mountain West and failed to move on to the postseason.

“Last year was kind of our growing year trying to find that chemistry,” Bridges said. “It took us a little bit and not until halfway through conference did we find it and we are just hoping to carry that through.”

The team feels that unlike like last season this season will be different.

“I feel our communication is lot better this year and we just click a lot better,” senior pitcher Rebecca Patton said. “Everyone on the team just meshes and we understand each other and that makes a huge difference on and off the field.”

The Broncos put a lot of work in during the offseason and are hoping it pays off.

“This team really clicked this year and we practice so hard together,” Patton said. “We have been working our butts off in the weight room and working so hard in the offseason; I just really feel this season is going to go well for us.”

Boise State returns nearly all their starters from last year’s team and are led by seniors Bridge and Patton.

“One of the best things we have going for us is the experience coming back,” head coach Erin Thorpe said. “We return nine starters and our two main pitchers from last season, so keep a strong chemistry and confidence throughout the season.”

Bridges holds the school records for both home runs and runs batted in and is one of the top home run hitters in the country along with being a first team All-Mountain West player last season.

Patton is a reigning second team All-Mountain West pitcher and will anchor the Broncos pitching rotation this season.

“I can’t say enough about Rebecca and Devon,” Thorpe said. “They have already accomplished so much but they both know they have more they can achieve and both of them are what you want in a senior: great examples on and off the field.”

Boise State will begin their season with tough competition and will be on the road for nearly a month to start the season.

“We always try to challenge ourselves in these early-season tournaments,” Thorpe said. “We want to play against the best for so many reasons and a strong strength of schedule definitely helps us prepare for the Mountain West season.”

The Broncos know they have what it takes to have a truly great season and are hoping to get off to that good start they need.

“We have that drive and desire,” Patton said. “All of us, every single one of us, we all want it so bad and I don’t know that any other team can say that about every single player.”