February 1, 2007Valdosta - Valdosta State softball coach Thomas Macera had his streak of national championships stopped at two.
But his first season with the Lady Blazers was still a big success.
And that leads to bigger goals in 2007.After winning national titles in two consecutive years at two differnent schools, Thomas Macera took Valdosta State to the NCAA Division II regionals last year.
Where the Lady Blazers came within two wins of advancing to the D-II World Series.
Since the 2006 season ended, coach Macera has been on the recruiting trail where he has added a lot of talent to what was already a very good roster.
The new players give something the Lady Blazers didn't have a lot of last season, depth.
Junior pitcher Kirsten Lindsey said "We have a lot more athletic ability this year. I think it is going to help us a lot. There is more people fighting for positions. So, it is pushing people harder."
Junior infielder Kelsey Case said "We are going to nationals and we are going to win. That is what I think."
Macera's two national championship teams were known for their power.
This year's Lady Blazer squad will look to manufacture runs.
Macera said "We have got unbelievable hitting. a lot of hitting and a lot of speed which we have never had before on any team that I have had. Great defense and our pitching is catching up."
The VSU Lady Blazer bats need to be ready because they open the season Saturday morning at home against Florida Southern and they play St. Leo later on Saturday.