On September 7th, the Indiana Shock 99 team spent the day on the campus of Saint Francis University. Saint Francis University (SFU) head coach Ryan Bolyn and his staff invited the team for a college workout. The day allowed the girls to feel like a college athlete. The morning workout included individual infield and outfield work, followed by team defense, and provided the team the opportunity to showcase their defensive abilities for the Saint Francis coaching staff. After the conclusion of the morning practice, the team was able to attend a Q&A brunch with the Saint Francis coaches and players. Following the Q&A session, the team was given a campus tour that included all the main buildings on campus and campus housing. After the campus tour, the day concluded with an afternoon hitting practice. This session focused on cage work, situational hitting groups, and individual instruction from the USF coaching staff. A special thanks to Coach Bolyn, his staff, and the USF players who allowed Indiana Shock 99 this great experience.
(front row L to R: Aubrie Eckert, Emma West, Mattie McKee, Kelsie Vogleman, Mackenzi Cannici, Sydney Day & Hannah Shoupe; back row L to R: Kiera Stacy, Hannah Mathieu, Brooklyn Howard, & Kennedy Krull)
August 31st – September 1st: The Indiana Shock 99 team traveled to Midwest Sports Complex in Indianapolis, IN to play five games in their first college showcase of the fall season. Over the weekend, the girls were able to network with various coaches from all over the country, specifically interacting and talking with the following coaches during and after their games: Coach Amber Bowman (University of Rio Grande), Coach Butch Zike (Franklin College), Coach Clay Davis (Northeastern State University), Coach Jamey Lobdell (Olivet College), Coach Kirk Peterson (Burlington County College), Coach Nathan Ohta (Corban University), Coach Tara Sipperley (Saginaw Valley State), Coach Tim Syrek (Calvin College), and Coach Amanda Demoine (Stevenson University). The weekend allowed each girl to showcase their skills and talents as they work toward their goal of playing college softball. The team played well for their first games of the season, and finished with a record of 2-2-1.
On August 30th, five members of the Indiana Shock travel softball program participated in the USA Preps Labor Day Showcase Exposure Camp. The weekend was a wonderful experience for each player to get one-on-one time with college coaches, showcase their softball abilities, and begin developing their college network.
(USA Preps Labor Day Showcase – Softball Exposure Camp L to R: Kennedy Musselman, Mattie McKee, Emma West, Aubrie Eckert, & Kennedy Krull )
Practice schedules have been added to the calendar for each team, catchers and pitchers. All practices will be held at the complex.