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New beginnings for OSU softball team

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(From left to right) Michaela Richbourg, Head Coach Kenny Gajewski and Macee Barnes sing the alma mater after the No.14 Oklahoma State vs. Missouri State softball game on March 8, 2020 at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma

After having its 2020 spring season canceled due to COVID-19, softball is back in Stillwater.

“I thought last year was the best team, talent-wise, that we have ever had,” coach Kenny Gajewski said. “We were off to a great start and then COVID hit and everything stopped…I keep telling them that I have been on a lot of amazing college softball teams as a coach. This as talented of any of those teams that I have ever been around.”

Since players were given an extra year of eligibility as COVID-19 canceled the end of their season, the Cowgirls brought back three seniors from last year for one final season.

“We told everyone once we got back that there would be no guarantees,” Gajewski. “I love to play young kids and we have always played freshman and never shied away from playing them even when there are some growing pains.”

Even though these freshmen are not expected to start, Gajewski said he appreciates the freshmen.

“If you asked everybody around our program, the freshmen have been really good,” Gajewski said. “Maybe as good as a freshmen group that we have ever had here as a group.”

Although these freshmen have not experienced a typical fall ball season, Gajewski has made this fall ball season as normal as possible.

The Cowgirls are having mock scrimmages within their own team.

“We have opened up these scrimmages up like normal games,” Gajewski said. “We take pregame BP, we eat a pregame meal, we are in uniform and we are announcing and running the scoreboard. The atmosphere out here for four out of our seven games was crazy. It feels like a game day.”

With as much talent as they have, this team could have high expectations.

“It is a College World Series team,” said Gajewski.

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