Humboldt State softball returns on Thursday, when the Jacks open a 32-game season, all of which will be played on the road.
This will be the first time that the HSU women have competed since March 7 last year and the campaign will feature games in Oregon, Montana, Washington and California.
“Being able to finally get back on the road and play games after a whole year is an amazing feeling,” senior second baseman Danica Grier said. “To be able to lace up my cleats for one last ride with my team is a feeling that I can’t explain.
“In these few short months our whole team has worked so hard to get to this point. We can’t wait to finally be able to play someone other than ourselves!”
The Jacks will begin the season with an exhibition doubleheader against Southwest Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, Ore., before travelling to Billings, Mont., to face Montana State Billings in back to back doubleheaders this weekend.
“March 25th can’t come soon enough,” head coach Shelli Sarchett said. “This team has put in a tremendous amount of work throughout our abbreviated fall and spring seasons. Although practice time has been condensed the team got a lot of quality time in.
“I really think that we are ready to play and compete at a level that is acceptable for Humboldt State. This upcoming season will definitely have its challenges but I do believe that this team is ready to step up and accept those challenges.
“I know that I can rely on my senior leadership to help us take the challenge by the horns. I can’t wait to take the field with this group of ladies, the break has been too long.”
Coach Sarchett returns 13 letter-winners from last year’s shortened season team, including Grier and fellow seniors Micaela Harris and Haley Suter.