• Monica Rivera

Beaver softball two and three in Vegas

Minot State Beaver softball started their preseason off in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Beavers faced five competitive teams. With the game against Sonoma State University going into extra innings, the Beavers won in the ninth inning 10-8. In the midst of five games, freshman Lauryn DeGuzman, from Northern California, hit two bombs, the first one being her first collegiate home run.

“I was honestly really happy when I hit my first collegiate home run on our first day in Las Vegas. I had been working extremely hard on my swing all fall so I knew I had it in me. It was awesome to finally have all my hard work pay off. I loved being able to join my sisters Isis and Haley on the bomb squad this past weekend and help our team score some runs,” DeGuzman said.

Junior Haley Hernandez, from Arizona, joined DeGuzman with three home runs.

“With the three home runs, I was just so blessed to be out there on the field with my girls and was pumped to just have fun and play the gam

e I fell in love with,” Hernandez said.

In Vegas, sophomore Zoya Robbins started all five in the circle.

“Starting all five games in Vegas was awesome. I came here to pitch for Minot State so being able to pitch so much is amazing. As a younger player, it gives me this boost of confidence in my leadership. If coach Nat believes I can throw all five games, and my team believes I can throw all five games, then there’s no reason for me to be scared,” Robbins said. “Starting all five games, I believed I was exactly where I was supposed to be. I was told I was going to throw a lot this year; now it’s all about trusting the process. Just like I trusted coach Nat in Vegas, I’ll trust him the next 50-plus games. Whether I’m pitching or not, I’m ready to embrace any role given to me.”

The Beavers feature a young team with 15 underclassmen and only seven upperclassmen.

“The best advice I would give the freshmen would be to know your why: why you have committed to playing this game and why you fell in love with this sport. In everything you do, just know to believe in yourself and have fun with the journey of the season,” Hernandez said.

Robbins agrees with Hernandez when it comes to being competitive and committed.

“My favorite part about our team is that you can’t tell who has been here longer, in my opinion. No one is scared to compete with each other this year which is great, because we have a lot of talent on the team. Everyone is committed and in-the-zone,” Robbins said. “The best part is, in our roster you can play our starters versus bench or mix it all together, and no one would be able to tell the difference. Now that’s how I know we have a solid team.”

The Beavers played two games on Feb. 8, winning 12-6 against Bemediji State and took a narrow defeat to Black Hills State at 5-4.

The Beavers have 17 preseason games before they get to their first conference match up with the University of Mary. Catch the Beavers on Feb. 22 in the bubble at 10 a.m. versus the University of Minnesota Crookston.

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