Four of the top-25 NAIA college softball schools according to pre-season polls have started their season at THE Spring Games at Legends Way in Clermont, Lake County, Florida at the National Training Center. Celebrating THE Spring Games’ 10th Year in 2017, PFX Athletics (the host of THE Spring Games) was excited to announce last fall that it will end its regular college softball season the way it started it: with top teams competing for the title at Legends Way Ballfields at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida.
Saint Xavier (Ill.), ranked no. 2 in pre-season polls, has split its games at THE Spring Games so far, going 3 for 6 with more games left to go before heading back to Illinois.
Marian University (Ind.), ranked no. 7 in the pre-season polls, has kept a watchful eye on Saint Xavier, waiting to see how the Cougars will handle three (3) losses at the season’s opening games in Clermont, Florida and whether it can advance past the Cougars with a handful of wins of its own. Marion opens today at THE Spring Games.
Webber International University (Fla.), ranked no. 11 in the pre-season polls, made the short trek from Babson Park to Clermont to make a statement in in THE Spring Games as it went 2-0 on opening day.
Perhaps the most impressive thus far, however, has been the efforts of the Davenport University (Mich.) Bulldogs, who started the season ranked 15th in the Nation but took home eight (8) wins on the opening week of THE Spring Games before catching the flight home undefeated.
With such a strong opening to the 2017 season, only time will tell whether these teams, all of whom started their seasons in sunny Clermont, Florida, will return once again in May to battle one more time on what may, to them, feel like their home turf, and to see who will claim the title of “National Champion” and bragging rights at THE Spring Games in 2018.