MORRIS – Moments after the Redskins softball team finished off its 13th win of the season to one loss, senior third baseman Lauren Severson agreed to be the subject of this week’s question & answer session for the MDH.
Here is how the conversation went:
Smith: Tell me about the team. It must be exciting right now?
Severson: Well, we’re 13-1 and very proud of ourselves. We’re also 2-0 in conference. There is nothing to be negative about. We’re having fun doing what we love to do. It’s definitely more fun when you’re winning.
Smith: Last year was a down year. I think everyone would agree with that. Where did the start to the change happen?
Severson: From the very first practice of the season. We didn’t really know what we had for a varsity pitcher, but we came in and worked out butts off. We started building as a team and accepted a freshman (Abby Burns) as our pitcher coming in. Nobody got down because we had a freshman playing on the varsity. We went down to Jacksonville not really knowing what was going to happen, and we ended up pulling out our first win and going 3-0 there.
Smith: So how many girls from this team play together in the summer?
Severson: Currently none of us play together in the summer. We all play on different travel teams.
Smith: So, obviously that doesn’t hurt does it?
Severson: No, because we have been playing together since we were about 10 years old. So, we are familiar with the way that we play, but this is obviously the fourth year for this core group and we are finally understanding each other and getting better with the communication and team aspect of the game.
Smith: When did you start playing the game?
Severson: I started when I was, I believe, 8-years old.
Smith: And you say that this group had been playing together?
Severson: Most of us, the core of five or six girls, have been playing together in the summer with the Rowdie Katz. Then, eventually we all branched off and went to different teams.
Smith: So, there’s no downside to playing on different travel teams?
Severson: I don’t think so. No.
Smith: What is the biggest key to success between now and the end of the year?
Severson: We’re definitely looking to take our (Northern Illinois Big 12 East) Conference and we also hope to win a regional and then continue on. We know we just have to keep our heads up, work hard and keep a positive attitude.