Trailblazers Have Second Good Week in National Rankings
After the second week of statistical reporting the Ohio Christian University Trailblazer softball program dropped in the national rankings to 30 out of 33 teams reporting. "We kind of expected that kind of drop this week since a lot of the schools had not reported during the first week," said Head Coach Emory Clark.
The Trailblazers do have some team stats that are worthy of note. The Trailblazers are ranked 4th as a team for stolen bases per game with an average of 2.5 stolen bases per game.
In the individual statistic categories, junior shortstop Jaia Reidling finished the week with a second place ranking in stolen bases with an average of 1 stolen base per game. Freshman first baseman Crystal Thorne remains on the board at 6th with a .75 steals per game average. Sophomore second baseman Jasmine Howell, following her first weekend in action, finished at the 12th spot with an average of .5 stolen bases per game. Howell would also make it on the board at number 24 for bases on balls per game with an average of .50 per game.
"We're still young. We're still trying to get some of the pieces to come together, but, again, these ladies have earned these statistics and I want to give them credit when credit is due," said Coach Clark. "We've only played four games so far so we still have a lot of ball left to play. We hope to continue to improve, to continue to meld together as team, and to keep pushing forward for the rest of the season."
The Trailblazers are scheduled to host NCCAA Mideast Region opponent Asbury University in their home opener this weekend at Ted Lewis Park in downtown Circleville. Game time for the first game is 1:00 PM. "This will be our home opener. We faced Asbury in Wilmore, KY for their home opener, and they are a good team. This will give us a good opportunity to see how we have improved over the last two weeks," said Coach Clark. "This is also going to be our first annual OCU Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day. We would like to invite all of our faculty and staff to come out and join us and to cheer for our team as we take on the Eagles."