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At State Tournament All That Remains are the Games for Titans Softball


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The Titans warm up before practice on Friday in Pensacola as they get ready for the 2014 State Tournament.

May 2, 2014 - Its preparations complete Eastern Florida's softball team awaits its opening game in the Florida College System Activities Association/NJCAA Region 8 tournament.

The Titans held a crisp, spirited 2 1/2 –hour practice at Pensacola's Escambia High School on Friday and now look to beginning play in the double elimination tournament by facing the College of Central Florida at noon Central time (1 p.m. Eastern) Saturday at Pensacola's Exchange Park.

The Titans' second game is at 5 p.m. Central (6 p.m. Eastern) against either nationally No. 1-ranked Indian River State or Seminole State College. Indian River and Seminole also play at noon.

The Titans began their season with practice on Jan. 18 and now find themselves at the state tournament for the 10th consecutive time. They finished 23-25 overall and 8-8 and in third place in the FCSAA Southern Conference, which also is home to Indian River, Miami Dade College, Palm Beach State College and Broward College.

Assistant coach Bob Yanczewski talks with Titans players Dajia Jones and Brooke Formby during practice Friday morning at Escambia High School's field.

Head coach Ed Yanes and his assistants Bob Yanczewski and Kim Overbey have done what they could to get the Titans to this point but credited the players for performing.

"They battled, they came together and they're the ones that are most excited," Yanes said.

"I think they feel confident going in."

Added Yanczewski: "This is a great group. They play for the game and they for the team."

As for what would make the season a success, Yanes stressed the big picture.

"I think the season is a success because looking at where we started in August at our first day of practice, where these have gotten to," he said.

"When you get a text or an email in the middle of the night and it says 'hey coach did you see that play on ESPN where the girl did this and that?' Something we've been trying to instill throughout the season and now they look at the game from a different aspect. That to us is a success right there because of they way we try to present the game to them. That's a success from our standpoint.

"Now going to the state tournament, that's truly a success based on the bumps in the road. And now their success of starting to meld together and grow together and starting to put those things together, it's the right time."