The St. Ambrose softball team has started the year strong. The women are approaching 20 wins on the young season. Head Coach Ron Ferrill believes the on-field success is due to the character of the team.
“We have filled the program with really good people,” Ferrill said. “When we brought in last year’s class we were focused on bringing in quality people as quality softball players.”
One of the Queen Bee goals for 2013 is to win conference. The title of conference champions is attainable due to the team’s .319 batting average and 3.53 ERA. SAU is holding their opponents to a .296 batting average and 4.65 ERA. Ferrill wants to accomplish this goal, but understands the team needs to focus on their goals in the classroom as well.
“We need to have a team GPA of over a 3.0 and graduate 100 percent of our players,” Ferrill said.
Ferrill is proud of the way his players conduct themselves on and off the field. He knows his team’s winning record on the diamond is a reflection of the women’s character. He enjoys coaching because the SAU softball team positively impacts him on a daily basis.
“Most days I feel like I am a better person because I get to be involved with them and they make me a better person,” Ferrill said. “They are such great young women that will be great contributors to their communities and families someday. They are the type of people that will be great alums and make St. Ambrose proud.”