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Softball comes to ASU

Women’s club to continue season in March after reaching .500 record in Fall

Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012

Updated: Thursday, January 26, 2012 18:01

ASU softball w/ Howl

ASU Softball

12 female students came together six months ago to form Arkansas State University's first Softball Club with the promise of delivering a "successful softball organization," quoted in the vision statement in the clubs Facebook page, the ladies have certainly shown that they mean business.

Team captain, junior phycology major Jessica Waggnor of Fort Smith, said it's about time to have a softball club at ASU.

"Ever since I've been here, I've heard rumors about people wanting to start a softball team but no one stepped up and tried to go through the process of getting one started," Waggnor said.

April Arford, a softball enthusiast in the Jonesboro community took this opportunity and created the club in July.

"She realized that it wasn't hard to get the club started, so she made a few phone calls and made a few emails and she got us started," Waggnor continued.

After recruiting all 12 of their players, the club went into a rigorous three months of training with coaches Erica Schabbing, and Kinley Gatewood, ASU alumna.

The club's first challenge came against Lyon College on Oct. 1st, 2011, a loss .

"We learned a lot, we got beat, but we learned a lot." Waggnor said.

Since then, the club has managed to rank second in the NCSA conference after beating Eastern Illinois University in a three game  series.

Senior early childhood major, pitcher Chance Brown of Marion said that clubs strengths lies in the teams' chemistry.

"Although we've only known each other a short period of time, it would appear that we've known each other for years." Brown said.

Brown said that all the club members have played softball since their youth.

"The team is comprised of several state championship players, some with prior experience playing college softball elsewhere, who know and love the game."

After going to a recruiting camp in December, the club was able to recruit players that wanted to study at ASU because of the softball club.

"There are girls from Louisiana that are coming to school here just to play softball, that's a pretty big deal." Waggnor added.

The clubs next game is against Mid-Continent University on March 10th.

Both games will take place at Southside Softball Complex on Stadium Blvd.

The club invites you to come and show your support.

"The more support we have, the more the school will take us seriously" Waggnor said.

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