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Naomi Hamerla takes a swing on the tee during batting practice on the first day.
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Naomi Hamerla takes a swing on the tee during batting practice on the first day.
With spring break fever on the mind, the Lakeland Union High School softball team was busy putting in work during the first week of practice.

Monday was the first day of Thunderbird softball practice held at LUHS, and even though it was spring break week, softball was getting the fundamentals down.

“We’re just trying to get a gauge for the girls that are here and try to get a gauge for some of the new faces and what the capabilities are,” coach Jason Morris said. 

With the weather still cold and plenty of snow on the ground, practice was held in the gym with batting and pitching nets down. 

“The best thing that we can do is make sure the girls are working hard on the basics, the building blocks of what the program is all about,” Morris said. 

After an introductory speech by Morris, practice was ready to begin. The practice started off with traditional warm-ups and a lap around the gym before the team started with some light catching. As time went on, they moved farther and farther away from each other. 

The session was followed by some push-ups and sit-ups. This week is not only about evaluating the girls Morris has available, but also to plug in some of the gaps of the team.

“We got a couple of spots to fill from last year,” Morris said. “They’re crucial spots as is every spot on the team.”

While new students to the team were meeting with coaches, the veterans went to the cages for a little batting practice. With one player in the cage, and coach pitching to her, the others put the ball on the tee and hit it into the net.

As spring break practices move on, look for the Thunderbird softball team to get their head in the game. Their first game — weather permitting — is Thursday, March 28 at Marathon.

Brett LaBore may be reached at brett@lakelandtimes.com or sports@lakelandtimes.com.