Written by D.J. Davis
While students hit the road toward their spring break destinations, the Blazers will be tending to some business against Gulf South Conference foe West Georgia and conference newcomer Shorter this weekend.
No.1 VSU goes into the weekend with a 7-3 conference record; with a pair of double headers with against rivals, the Blazers are looking to make a statement.
“It’s not just making a statement, we just got to win some games,” head softball coach Thomas Macera said. “We split last weekend twice. We can’t keep splitting with everybody, we got to start sweeping people or else we’re going be in trouble when we get to the end.”
UWG and VSU renew the rivalry on Saturday after the Blazers swept them in a season series last season including a 14-3 victory in the GSC Tournament.
On Sunday, VSU could get a preview of a serious threat for years to come in the GSC.
The Shorter Hawks are in their inaugural season so they are still ineligible for post-season play yet have already played like championship contenders.
The Hawks are 20-2 heading into the weekend, including a 7-1 record in conference.
SU are potential obstacles for the Blazers team, whom will try to avoid looking too far toward spring break.
“We’re pretty focused,” shortstop Courtney Albritton said. “We’ve got games all during spring break so we don’t really have much of a spring break. We have other stuff distracting us this week too with a lot of injuries and stuff. We just have to work around it.”
VSU needs to gain some momentum heading into the bulk of its GSC schedule after dropping conference games against West Alabama and Alabama-Huntsville last weekend.
The Blazers have already matched the five losses from last season in 38 less games, but Coach Macera isn’t concerned.
“It’s a different team,” Macera said. “It’s a new team, it’s a young team. To only lose five games in a season isn’t done very often by anybody. We just had a magical season last year. This season we’ve dropped a few more games, but we’re still being competitive and we’re still in the hunt.”
According to Macera, the Blazers only need to clean up one aspect of their game to be contenders once again.
“We just got to get better on defense,” Macera said. “If we get better on defense we’ll be fine.”
Valdosta State will be looking to do just that against the Wolves and Hawks at Steel’s Diamond Field at Blazers Park this weekend.
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