MADISON TOWNSHIP- The Madison softball team will open tournament play on Friday against Mansfield Senior at home at 5 pm. The Rams this season have a host of underclassmen who have been growing up on the fly. Head coach Tim Niswander is trying to get in as many reps as possible as the season winds down.”We want to take as many reps as possible we need to build consistency we are extremely young and when you look at teams this year a lot of teams are young. I think the difference between them and us is that a lot of those teams played their junior class played a lot as freshmen were my junior class we had two varsity kids who were part-time players,” said Niswander. We only got one full-time starter it has been a process we are getting better at it, but obviously when we have an opportunity to practice and get better every game that we play is a chance to learn and get better so we are taking every opportunity to do that and hope that when push comes to shove and the tournament starts Friday everybody is good to go. Niswander also says his young players appear to be more confident. “Oh, I think so. Our center fielder from where she was last August to now and I’ve told her and all of them that it is night and day our center fielder(Emily Nolan). I have a freshman playing third we have a sophomore that has never played varsity at short we have a sophomore behind the plate and a sophomore at first. They are hitting the ball well they are attacking things defensively. I think they have realized that mistakes are going to happen and when they happen we are going to learn from them and get better as opposed to hanging our head and keep beating ourselves up over them because that does not accomplish anything so yeah I think we are getting better and hopefully, everything comes together here pretty quick.””I picked up a lot,” says freshman center fielder Emily Nolan. I started to realize oh everything is mine and I think it kinda clicked a little bit so it has gotten better. as far as progression, Niswander says it still a work in progress. “I don’t know if it is ever to the point where I would like it but we have been progressing,” said Niswander. We have gotten better we made a couple of changes I think that has helped us especially on defense and now it’s just a matter of continuing to get better, better, and better and hoping that at the end of the season we play some mistake-free games at the beginning of the season I don’t think we had any so obviously when you look you see that we are getting better and we are hoping that we get to that consistent level where that is a common occurrence and if that happens it is the right time of year.