University of Regina softball team to play game in city Friday
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Destiny Kaus looks to get a jump at third base while playing with the University of Regina Cougars.
Destiny Kaus grew up playing fastball at the Optimist minor girls diamonds on South Hill.
Friday she will playing the game at a high level at those same diamonds.
Kaus and her University of Regina Cougars teammates will host SAIT from Calgary at 7 p.m. in Western Collegiate Softball Association action.
“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. I coached a bantam team this past summer, so I know a lot of girls who play minor girls (fastball),” said Kaus. “There’s a really good softball community in Moose Jaw and I think a lot of kids and parents would be really interested in coming out.
“It will be neat to hopefully see some young kids come out and watch.”
The Cougars are off to a 5-1 start to their season after a strong opening weekend in Strathmore, Alta. Following their game Friday they will host Saskatchewan, Calgary, Montana’s Dawson College and Williston State from North Dakota in Regina Saturday and Sunday.
“We’ve improved a lot from last year, especially in terms of having a lot of depth with our pitchers. Hitting-wise and in a lot of other areas our team is really improved,” said Kaus.
The teams play every weekend in September and then the first weekend of October. They typically play six games per weekend.
“It gets pretty crazy, but it goes by fast,” said Kaus who feels that the hectic weekend schedule of play suits her fine. “I really like playing on the weekends. It gives you an escape and a place to go away from school for awhile. I really enjoy school itself too, so it’s not a problem for me doing both.”
Kaus, who is from Caronport, but played her minor softball in Moose Jaw, was the Cougars most valuable player a year ago. She was also a WCSA first-team all-star in her first season with the Cougars.
She spent two seasons playing junior college softball with Dakota College at Bottineau in North Dakota. After graduating with a liberal arts degree she went to Regina to pursue her education degree.
“I really enjoyed it (at Bottineau). The coaches were a little more old school, but they had some really good techniques that they taught us and it was a good experience,” said Kaus who is a left fielder.
Kaus is hoping to have another strong year for the Cougars, but she is still coming back from a knee injury.
“I had a knee scope done in April — I got some scar tissue removed — so I’m not at my peak for this year. I’m working at it, so hopefully I will be pretty decent this year too,” said Kaus. “It’s just a minor thing, but rehabbing it will be a challenge.”