MISSOULA — The Montana Grizzlies have won five games in a row on the softball diamond, scoring nearly eight runs per contest over that stretch. A big credit for that success can go to sophomore first baseman Cami Sellers.
Sellers transferred from Boston College ahead of the 2019 season, and it has paid off for the Griz. After a slow start, she has been unstoppable of late, batting .345 with four home runs, and No. 10 leads the Big Sky Conference in hits, doubles and total bases.
Headed into their weekend series with the No. 1 team in the league, Weber State, Sellers and the Griz will need to bring the bats once again.
Sellers said the nerves help her get excited for the big moment.
“I don’t really get nervous anymore, like bad nervous. I get a good nervous, I guess like more excitement nervous rather than fear nervous. So I think that is also a big thing: You can’t be afraid to fail in this game, it’s a game of failure. So I just think the excitement nerves is what drives me,” said Sellers.
And it’s not only at the dish. The Griz are impressing on the mound, as well. Sophomore pitcher Tristin Achenbach had a great day in the circle Wednesday against Carroll College as she struck out 16 batters.
That number is not only a record for the young Montana program but the Big Sky Conference, as well.
“Honestly, I had no idea how many I was at. That kind of stuff doesn’t really resonate with me when I am out there,” Achenbach said. “It was what it was, but at the end when I found out, it was pretty cool. I wasn’t really happy with my performance the weekend before, so kind of came out with a chip on my shoulder just trying to get better and just got to keep that going.”