First year head coach Megan Green has been in the Titusville Rocket softball program as an assistant for 16 years.
In taking over as head coach, she is very matter of fact about assessing this team which has won one and lost one so far in this postponed riddled season.
“I have to figure out my game plan with Mother Nature,” she said.
Their first game was a success easily defeating AC-Valley 15-3. Then another postponed game before hosting one of the best teams in District 10, the Franklin Knights.
Against AC-Valley, Green said they were glad to get up against live pitching in a game situation. She said the team played well and if there was a mistake they didn’t let it spiral out of control.
She saw something similar against Franklin, but admitted one bad inning where the Knights just exploded.
“We’re young, we graduated three seniors, one was a pitcher, we have a freshman on the mound,” she said not as an excuse, but as base for learning.
“They need to get used to each other and it’s hard to do that in a gym and to give them the simulation of dirt off a gym floor and when we do get outside it is on Carter field so we’re on turf which is a different bounce,” she said about the challenges of early season with a young team.
“I think they have a lot of potential, I see the potential, the other coaches see the potential, but now (the girls) have to buy into it.”
Green knows experiencing these games against tough teams will only make them better.
“Every game they go out there and they put up a couple runs , that’s a build, and we can build off of this, it might not be a win, we can’t win every game, but we can build off this. They have the talent, they have the training, they have the experience, they just have to believe in themselves.”
They will play Oil City on Thursday.
“The thing that girls have to remember is just keep coming at them, no matter how many times you have a disappointing time at bat, you just have to keep coming back and don’t let one at bat set the tone for the rest of the game,” Green said.
And she should know, in her senior year at Titusville in 1994, the Rockets made it all the way to the state championship game.
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