Carroll College softball was supposed to play their first home games of the 2019 season this weekend. They had to relocate.
The Fighting Saints are 9-16 overall, 2-10 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play and looking to snap a four-game losing streak. This marks the second time this season that snow is forcing Carroll to move games away from Helena.
“Mother Nature not being kind to us again. I think we may be one of the only towns that are experiencing the snow. When we attacked and we were the aggressor we found great results and so we’ve just got to continue that mind-set,” said Aaron Jackson.
The Saints will now face the last-place Eastern Oregon Mountaineers during a Monday tripleheader at Grizzly Softball Field in Missoula.
“We know we’re there. We know we can do it. So all of us just have to have that trust in each other and just do it. I feel like there’s not this person needs to do this better. We need to hit better. Because we are obviously hitting well. We just have to do it and execute and finish the game,” said Brooke Yarnall.
The Saints are still indoors but that means symbols of their strong team culture are never far away.
“At the beginning of the year, we started talking about the cross and what that means not only to our program but to our faith and our institution. It encompasses a lot of things. There’s a lot of sacrifice. There’s a lot of struggle and a lot of pain. But ultimately there’s a lot of love. One of our key core values is to love each other and to strive every day to do that,” said Aaron Jackson.
That love joins a pyramid of license plates which also feature each Saint’s one-word commitment to all of their teammates.
“Everybody has their own background but it’s just cool to see what everybody wants to contribute and what everybody’s striving to contribute to the team this year. Everybody has a different perspective and something new to bring so when we go around and share these at the beginning of the season it’s cool to hear,” said Anna ApRoberts.
Carroll hopes to keep overcoming adversity with help from those connections.
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