Brown will have tot help guide a strong freshman class that is coming in with high expectations. It includes the likes of catcher Trenity Edwards, who began getting recruiting letters and D-I college scholarship offers as an eighth grader.
"I feel we have the best collection of softball players we've had since I've been here," Small said. "I expect big things out of them. They are working pretty hard. But again they still have to come together as a team. And care enough and respect each other enough that you don't have the little jealousies and things you have on those teams. It's their team. They have to decide what they want to accomplish. You are as strong as your weakest link."
The SaberCats will travel to the Broken Arrow tournament this weekend, where they will face a strong line up of teams over two days. It will give Small a chance to see exactly where his team stands early on in this season.
"We are going to play some people we haven't played before," Small said. "You have to be ready to play everybody. There are a bunch of good teams in that tourney. It's three games Friday and three games Saturday. It's going to be challenging. I'm really looking forward to the challenges because the tough games are where you measure yourself. I want them to have fun. I just think winning is fun."