Mort wants a leader to emerge for softball team

Kris Mort will admit to having the intense personality that goes along with her reddish-blonde hair.

She can’t, though, transfer that personality to her players.

“I asked them, ‘What’s good for you guys? Am I too intense? Is my intensity too intense, is it freaking you out? Because if it is, I can be quiet.’ ” Mort said Sunday after the Mavericks lost a doubleheader to Regis University, one day after sweeping the Rangers.

“They didn’t have an answer. They said ‘no, we think you’re just passionate about it.’ Well, how about you getting passionate? It doesn’t rub off. It’s not a good-luck charm, it doesn’t rub off.

“You have to establish enough competitive leadership value in you to hold others accountable if they’re not bringing their part to the table. If you can’t do that, you’ll never communicate as a group. I don’t care if it’s your family, a class project, a corporate setting.”

The Mavericks (11-13, 7-11 RMAC) have a chance to establish that leadership and accountability tonight when they play Fort Lewis College (9-15, 6-12) in a doubleheader starting
at 5 p.m. at Bergman Field.

Mesa State split a doubleheader at Durango a couple of weeks ago, a trend that’s been the norm all season. The Mavericks have yet to win a four-game series in the conference and were swept the first weekend of the RMAC season by Metro State.

Pitching consistency had been a concern, but Mort said last weekend the pitchers threw well enough in each game to win. A half-dozen errors cost them the final game of the series against Regis.

The Mavs got little production from the bottom half of the lineup and the errors compounded the lack of offensive execution.

“I think they’re worrying about their own selves and trying to get themselves consistent and they don’t feel they have room to talk,” Mort said. Still, she wants someone to step forward and take that leadership role.

“I think they like each other so much they don’t want to call each other out on stuff,” she said.

“There’s a little bit of confidence suffering right now. I think they feel somewhat hypocritical to hold someone else accountable when they don’t feel they’re performing up to par as an individual first.”

She’s hoping the Mavs can find the level of play they had Saturday and repeat that the rest of the way.

“When we really get hot and come together and perform, we’re an eight-run team, a spectacular team,” Mort said. “We’re a 12-strikeout pitching staff, an eight-run offense and an errorless
defense.

“When all three cylinders are clicking this team is a phenomenal team. It’s finding that, buying into that and understanding you have to prepare to show up and live that and bring that every time you put the uniform on.

“It’s not just going to happen at the college level, you have to bring it and deliver it.”


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