Taylor Polk is a pitcher for Grambling State University’s softball team.
To her, pitching comes with pressure but the fun part is being in control of the game.
Last year, GSU’s softball team finished 13-16 in the 2021 season.
Despite their struggles they were able to make it to the SWAC tournament, which was the team's first appearance since 2009.
They beat Texas Southern University 6 – 4 to get into the tournament but unfortunately they lost in the first round against Alabama State University 0 – 11.
Polk said there were many high points from the 2021 season.
“Some of the highlights of last season were making it to the SWAC tournament, beating Alabama State and other rival schools,” she said.
GSU beat ASU back in late Feburary of the 2021 season, 8 – 7.
“Our team played together and it was just a different feeling than our other games,” Polk said.
Polk Said the ASU game was special one for the team.
Right now the softball team is in the offseason which consists of individual training, weight room twice a week and they are also playing in exhibition type tournaments against JUCO softball teams.
GSU as a whole needs an upgrade in almost all the facilities and equipment.
As far as the softball team needs to go, the ladies do not have lights for their field, so when the sun goes down practice is over.
No locker room has been installed and there are no batting cages due to weather storms.
GSU’s softball team will kick off the 2022 season on Feb. 16 against Texas College.
Polk said she is looking forward to the upcoming season.
“We are excited and happy to show everyone how hard we have been working and we will not have a repeat of last year,” Polk said.