NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb softball coach Kristin Ryman plans to do some mixing and matching especially when it comes to her seven freshman players in what could be the last fall games of the year.
Wednesday at 4 p.m. the Lady Bisons will play host to Vol State for a doubleheader at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. Ryman would like to play at least one more team this fall, but she is planning for the Vol State doubleheader as if it is going to be the fall ball finale.
“We are trying to make the most of the opportunities we have,” Ryman said. “Our players love game day. We have been working hard in practice.
“Anytime you have as many as seven freshmen there is a lot of work to be done - a lot of molding that has to be done - to get the cohesive unit we want as coaches.”
Ryman is encouraged by the level of talent she has seen so far this fall. She is stressing to her players that playing at a high level in the fall is great, but every player has to elevate her game in the spring.
“As coaches we see so much talent on this team,” Ryman said. “We have performed very well at times this fall.
“We don’t want the girls to become complacent with where they are. We want them to remember that come spring the competition gets a lot tougher.”
Ryman has been mixing the freshmen with veteran players for the most part in games this fall. She suggested she might field a lineup with many of the freshmen on the field at the same time.
“We have a few players who are banged up and have played a limited role,” Ryman said. “Hopefully, some of them get more playing time against Vol State.
“We will continue to seek out combinations that work well together. We might see a lot of the freshmen on the field together at some point. They are all very good players. We are just trying to continue to help them grow and learn.”