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Ryman likes the competitiveness of her softball team despite two losses
Friday, February 12, 2016
By Mark McGee
Ryman likes the competitiveness of her softball team despite two losses

GULF SHORES, Ala. – To paraphrase Scarlett O’Hara Saturday is another day with two more softball games on the schedule.

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons lost 3-2 in eight innings to Samford and 7-3 to No. 25 South Alabama to open the season Friday night at the Sand Dollar Classic at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex. But Saturday they face Florida A&M at 3 p.m. followed by Louisiana Tech at 6.

Florida A&M won two games Friday beating Southern Miss 9-7 and Belmont 5-4.

Louisiana Tech was victorious over SEMO by a score of 11-2 and lost 6-1 to Ball State.

Despite the disappointing start, Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman stresses her team’s confidence has not diminished.

“We saw an attack mentality in a lot of ways,” Ryman said. “There are things we have to learn now and get better. We are making mental mistakes more than physical mistakes. That is why you play the early games.

“We are disappointed in two losses, but at the same time we are quickly learning a lot about our players. I liked a lot of the stuff we saw from some of our young kids. We made some young mistakes, but we are very excited about this group.”

One of the bright spots of the first day of the season was the play of freshman left fielder Destinee Brewer. In the Samford game she broke a string of seven scoreless innings for both teams with an inside the part home run that scored two runs in the eighth.

She finished the Samford game with a team-leading two RBI and also added a stolen base. She also added a pair of put outs. In the South Alabama game she scored a run.

“Destinee had such a great fall,” Ryman said. “Her preseason was rocky at times but we told her to go out and do what she does best. She is one of those players who is very exciting to watch.

“She had a great day overall. The home run rolled down the left field line all the way to fence and Destinee scored. If you told me Destinee was going to hit our first home run I would have thought you were joking.”

Brewer is one of three freshmen in the batting order along sophomore Riley Brown who saw very limited play as a freshman and junior Kasey Gibson previously had made seven starts entering this season.

“We are stressing the importance of quality at bats,” Ryman said. “I thought we had several hitters who did a really good job.”

Ryman is stressing to her players that softball games are in many ways like a chess match.

“As players on the field they have to know if something works for you the first time the other team is going to try to do something to beat you the next time. We are trying to do the same thing.

“We have to continue to compete on every single pitch. If we continue to do that we are going to be better. You can’t throw up your hands and be frustrated about things you can’t control.”