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Binghamton softball begins fall practice

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VESTAL (WBNG) -- The Binghamton University softball team held its first practice Wednesday afternoon after a six month hiatus.

The team will work out in pods for the next few weeks, and coach Michelle Johnston says they will work toward moving into bigger groups. She said the team hopes to get some scrimmages in within three to four weeks.

"Super excited to be back out here" said Johnston. "The girls have been looking forward to this for a long time. We just feel really grateful for everything the university and our department has done to allow us to be out here."

Johnston said for now, the Bearcats are easing back into things.

"We're not starting full out," she said. "We haven't done any sort of normal testing we would normally do in the fall. We're just working to progress each week."

Johnston said the team spent a lot of time bonding on Zoom over the summer, which especially helped the incoming freshman.

"We've got a great combination of experience and our freshman are just super anxious to get ready and learn and get better every day," she said.

Junior Marissa Braito said she's excited to see what the team is capable of this year.

"We have a terrific group of girls and I'm really excited to see our chemistry off the field translate onto the field because I really do believe that good team chemistry is paramount to our success," said Braito.

Braito said she has high expectations for herself this season.

"Personally I don't feel the need to lower the bar because of this pandemic. if anything it should be raised," said Braito. "Not because I want to make up for the lost time but because this is my third year and I want to see a steady line of improvement."

Nicole Menner

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