TJC softball making early impression

Updated: Mar. 24, 2015 at 6:12 PM CDT
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Less than a year into their inaugural season, the TJC softball team is already raising the bar.

"Coming in as a first year program, the first team gets to set the bar high," said infielder Rachel Brockhause.  "The expectations are high. You're history."

Head coach Nicole Dickson said TJC did things the right way.

"They hired me a year in advance and I got an edge in recruiting," Dickson said.  "We were able to bring in a lot of four year type kids that go overlooked. They came in, worked hard and they've got a lot to prove."

With a group of first year teammates,  Dickson has found the perfect chemistry.  TJC has won 25 of their first 32 games and is ranked 16th in the nation.

"I think we shocked some people," said pitcher Halie Vance.  "Everybody is gunning for us now."

"It's such an amazing feeling knowing that this early in conference, we're still kicking butt like we are," said infielder Maddie Langston.

Dickson isn't surprised her team has had such early success.

"Our theme this year was start unknown, finish unforgettable," said Dickson.  "We weren't on the radar from the beginning. But I think we're making a splash."

No longer an unknown, TJC is already one of the top teams in their conference. The Apache Ladies want to be the best best in the country.

"I think we've always aimed to be a first year program at the national tournament," said pitcher Halle Sabo.  "The fact that we go out there and are beating really good teams just makes it even better."

"The bar is definitely high," said Brockhause.  "I think from here on out it's only going to get higher."

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