Ball state softball brings the energy
Hey, hey baby we want to know if you’ll be our girl."
This chant of the song "Hey Baby" is just one of the many chants the Ball State softball team does while on offense. This and many others are all part of how the team says they bring energy to their games.
“In any sport energy is huge,” Senior catcher Olivia Huffman said. “You want to get as much energy for your team as you can. Whether it’s inside jokes with the team or characteristics about certain people, we just start putting a beat to it and we start yelling.”
Junior infielder Janae Hogg says the chants help pump her up before she goes up to the plate.
“While I’m up to bat, I try to focus and get in my zone,” Hogg said. “I try my best to tune it out, but before I go up to bat, it’s pretty cool to hear how hype the dugout is.”
The Cardinals have dozens of chants they will do when they are on offense. This team is constantly coming up with different chants. Usually it’s one person who starts to lay down a beat and the rest of the team joins in.
“Our goal as athletes is to focus on what we’re doing,” Huffman said. “At the end of the day we just do it to stay engaged and get us excited for what we’re about to do.”
These chants allow the team to bond while still trying to win a game. So next time you are at a softball game, take a look into the dugout and you may see something special happening. You may even get a chuckle out of what you hear as well.
“We want to have an aggressive mindset and a fun mindset,” Huffman said. “We’re just trying to have fun and compete and win ball games.”