Coach Matt Schneider and the Lawrence Little League softball team have a goal for this week’s District 12 tournament to not only win a few games, but to put Lawrence softball back on the map.
The team’s first chance to do so will come on Tuesday night when they face the winner of the match between Millstone-Roosevelt and West Windsor.
“We have a good core of girls who have been playing together for a while now,” Schneider said. “The team camaraderie and the way they come together is a big plus. We had a tough year last year, but we might have a chance to surprise some people.
Schneider preaches to his team that pitching and fundamentals win games at every level, and believes the strength of this team is their pitching.
“We made routine plays and got consistent shots,” Schneider said. “We have to get those key hits when you can. Every run counts in these tournaments, so if and when we get to base, we have to make runs and play solid defense.
One difference about this tournament is the number of teams increasing from four to six.
“Last year we had Bordentown and Robbinsville and it became a two-team battle and with six it completes the playing field,” Schneider said. “It’s going to be up for grabs.”
Lawrence hopes to be in on it.
“Even more important than winning or losing is seeing the girls rally together and pick themselves up,” Schneider said. “Our goal is to get Lawrence back on the softball map and hopefully pick up a win or two.”