With spring semester comes the beginning of Northwestern’s softball and baseball seasons, and both teams are feeling good about what lays ahead.
“I feel really good. We got nine returnees, two are all-American, seven are GPAC (Great Plains Athletic Conference)…We have some very powerful girls,” Shane Bouman, head coach of the softball team, said. “We want to use this opportunity to show servant leadership and use our athletics to honor God.”
Graduate assistant Jennifer Boeve said, “We feel really good about ourselves.”
Last year, NW Raiders softball finished 12th place in the nation in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes league. This year in the pre-season, the team will begin in 15th place and will work their way up. Their season will begin this Friday so go watch their games and enjoy the sport. With high hopes for the softball team this year, Friday marks the beginning of the season.
Coach Bouman is a man adored by his players and fellow staff alike. “He’s awesome… He’s really there for us,” players said. The team enjoy Bouman’s coaching and learning from him.
The men’s baseball season is also starting up. The team finished seventh in the GPAC last year with hopes to go up from there. Baseball season also begins this Friday, so support your fellow students.
Coach Brian Wede deeply cares about the education of his players and their sport skills. NW men’s baseball team has won the American Baseball Coaches Awards for Team Academic Excellence Awards for the past five years.
This semester coaches and students alike can expect remarkable things from NW softball and baseball, with both teams’ seasons starting up on Friday. Students are encouraged to support their fellow Raiders and remember that a student ID serves as a pass to watch all home games for free.
For details regarding baseball and softball schedules, visit nwcraiders.com.