The TAMIU softball program has made the Heartland Conferenct tournament for a school record 5th year in a row. But the path to the postseason has not been an easy one with injuries and players quitting leaving the team with only 12 athletes.
The Dustdevils left say it has brought them together even more than in years past.
"We always say 12 strong and we've really bonded well and I think that will make us go into the tournament strong." (Kristen LaBuhn, DUSTDEVILS SHORTSTOP)
"Less people on the team means less personality conflicts and right now we don't have any conflicts what so ever. We are a pretty close knit group." (Kyndall Reaves,DUSTDEVILS PITCHER/RIGHT FIELDER)
"These girls that stayed with the program have bought into the program and they've stuck it out thick and thin." (Scott Libby,DUSTDEVILS HEAD COACH)
Libby says since the deflections two weeks ago, the team has seen some of it's best performances in his five years at TAMIU.
"It's been the loosest team I've had over the past ten to 12 days and it's just been fantastic."
Now as they prepare to take on a St. Edwards team that swept TAMIU in their only series this season, the team is confident their on-field chemistry can make up for their lack of numbers.
"We only have the people that we have, nobody can get hurt or anything but team chemistry wise I think we are well."
"We think we can play right with them. All we know is we have to be better than them for two hours. That's it. Not a whole weekend just two hours."
"It's just something you have to be a part of. You can't really explain it. You always hear teams say, "we're a family, we're a family" but this really does feel like a family."
The Dustdevils will take on St. Edwards this Thursday at 3 pm in San Antonio in the first round of the Heartland Conference tournament.