ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — The Enterprise State Community College baseball and softball programs are getting ready for their upcoming seasons while both the men’s and women’s basketball teams look to improve to better records this year.

The Boll Weevil’s softball team will be lead by first year head coach Clair Goodson.

Goodson is no stranger to the Wiregrass, she grew up in Ariton and spent seven years as an assistant coach for the Wallace-Dothan softball program.

She spent last season as an assistant at East Mississippi Community College and jumped at the chance to come back home.

“I was very nervous, but as soon as I saw the girls the nerves went away and they kind of got me excited,” Goodson said. “They’ve been jumping on what I’m trying to do early, since day one last last week so they’re excited and they know the goal as well.”

Goals are big for this year’s team.

“Continue to get better daily and then our weekly goals are to make sure that as we scrimmage throughout the week we have better batting, better defense, correcting little habits that they’ve got just getting better each day and each week and then obviously to win in our conference and then make it to the conference tournament,” Goodson said.

Eighteen freshmen will suit up for the ESCC baseball team.

Head coach Bubba Frichter says he’s already seen his young team mature over the course of its challenging fall schedule.

“Every day I saw progress,” Frichter said. “I’m very excited for the group.”

A major key for this team will be if they can handle a longer schedule than high school.

“Once they hit that 30 game mark, is their body going to break down? If the body starts breaking down then it starts becoming mental and in baseball you cannot get mental,” Frichter said. “Usually the 30 game mark is about the third week of conference so you got another five weeks from there.”

Basketball season is in full swing for the Boll Weevils.

Head coach of both the men’s and women’s squads, Jeremaine Williams, hopes tougher non conference schedules prepped his team for conference play.

“The tougher your non conference schedule is, the tougher your kids are going to be,” Williams said. “You’re looking to win and that’s what I really want to do, but I can make a cupcake schedule, but that’s not going to prepare me for rest of the season so I try to play the toughest competition I can to get these kids to playing hard.”

He says keys for both teams are adjusting to more intense competition than high school play.

“It’s a mental thing,” Williams said. “You’ve got to come in understanding that you go into a level where the speed of the game a lot faster. You’ve got to come in with the mind frame of I’m going to make adjustments to be able to play and do what I have to do to get better.

The softball team opens its season on the road for a double header on Feb. 4, baseball begins on the road on Feb. 7, and the basketball teams recently began conference play.