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Schisler Shifts Into Leadership Role

Written by: Matthew Sokol, Campbell blog contributor

A force to be reckoned with on the diamond and a vocal powerhouse in the dugout. This is one of the best ways to describe Amber Schisler, the senior pitcher and emotional leader for Campbell.

“The fact that people see that she works extra hard while it pays off for her numbers and production wise, it becomes easier for people to look at her and migrate towards Amber as a leader,” said head coach Todd Bradley.

Bradley recognizes that the work she does for her team is self-induced. Schisler isn’t asked to be a leader; she does it from within.

“It is something that she just believes in, and she does a good job of bringing the team together keeping them up.”

Being one of the leaders on the Campbell Softball team isn’t an easy thing to do, but Schisler’s teammates have quickly noticed the asset she’s become for the Camels.

“I trust Amber and we have been through a lot together,” said Madison Herring. “I think the biggest thing is that when you are in stressful situations, you look for people who have been through it before and Amber is one of the main people we look toward.”

Herring is cognizant of what Schisler provides to the team, and they are both close with Melissa Tullar, who holds down the first base spot on the diamond. All three girls trust one another. Tullar knows that Schisler keeps things real on and off the field.

“I think that Amber is very straightforward, and whenever we need to hear somebody; Amber is that person to help guide us,” said Tullar. “I really think her best quality is no matter what the score of the game is, she is always loud.”

Players mention that no matter if the game is going great or times are tough, Schisler has everyone’s back. Schisler’s view on herself as a leader, meanwhile, remains selfless.

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“My teammates motivate me, and they are my sisters,” said Schisler. “As the season has gone on, I see us getting closer and it portrays out at practice. It makes my heart happy to see a group of girls all playing for each other.”

Becoming a strong leader on the field didn’t just happen overnight for Schisler. Time and patience were vital in her development as a leader for Campbell Softball.

“It was a big transition for me [becoming a leader on the team], and I think it was a matter of working hard while doing what you are supposed to do,” noted Schisler.

As the Fighting Camels head into the heart of Big South play, Schisler recognizes the importance of playing her role both on the diamond and as one of the main leaders.

“I think it naturally comes to a balance and people to start look for you. Whether it is communicating with the team or coaches, somewhere at my time at Campbell people starting to me for things; I took on that role and ran with it.”

The Fighting Camels return to action Saturday in a doubleheader at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium starting at 1:00 pm as they take on the Liberty Flames in a three-game set. Make sure to follow @GoCamelsSB on Twitter for the latest updates.

New Faces For Campbell Softball in 2016

Written by Matthew Sokol, Campbell blog contributor

New players and new faces is one-thing fans will immediately notice entering the new season, this after graduating eight seniors from the 2015 squad. In total, 12 new players are joining the 2016 squad.

This year, Campbell was chosen to finish seventh place in the 2016 Big South Preseason Poll with 36 points and one first-place vote, while Longwood was projected to finish first overall.

The No. 7 ranking doesn’t discourage the Campbell staff, but instead, motivates them to get better each and every day on the field.

“We are just looking for us to come out and play good softball,” said head coach Todd Bradley. “It has been a long time and we are looking to get on the field without playing against ourselves again.”

Among the 12 new players arriving in Buies Creek, two rising stars to keep an eye on early in the season will be two transfers: Taesha DuBoise (Tallahassee CC) and Lizabeth McCurry (Chattanooga State CC), among the four total transfers.

DuBoise will be entering her junior year as a major piece in the Fighting Camels outfield this season. Back in 2012-13, DuBoise earned first-team all-region honors on the Woodland High school softball team, posting a .357 batting average with 39 runs scored this past season for the Tallahassee CC Eagles.

The Stockbridge, GA. native is majoring in communications while attending Campbell University and could provide an immediate spark for the Fighting Camels out on the diamond.

McCurry played her high school softball at TC Roberson High School in Asheville, N.C. where she played right and center field. Her team won the MAC Conference Championship all four years, earning first-team All-Mac Conference honors every season.

During her senior year in high school, McCurry posted 12 homeruns and notched 36 RBIs while hitting .539 on the season.

The Fighting Camels also welcome eight true freshmen to the team as well including Jessica Auld. Auld was athlete of the year for Dreher HS during the 2014-15 school year.

The Colombia, S.C. native won all-region honors three times as well as offensive MVP three times.

As the new players continue to find their role on the club, coach Bradley feels his squad has the depth to compete in the Big South.

“I think it is going to be exciting [with younger players coming in], we have a nice mix of speed and power,” said Bradley. “We have some new pitching arms that can help us [this season], and we are just looking to put a great product on the field.

“They are looking forward to being able to play here at home and show what they can do.”

Campbell Softball starts their slate this afternoon as they take on Delaware for a doubleheader in the Hampton Inn Invitational starting at 2:30 p.m. over at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium.

Softball Season Preview

Head Coach Todd Bradley enters an exciting year for Campbell Softball as the Fighting Camels kickstart 2016 with the Hampton Inn Invitational this Friday, Feb. 12 at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium.

Led by their second-year head coach, the Fighting Camels welcome a bevy of new players to the fold – replacing eight seniors from last year’s 27-26 squad. Coach Bradley and company are excited about what the 13 new players in total can bring to the table.

Check out our preseason interview through GoCamels.com and make sure to follow @GoCamelsSB for updates on the Hampton Inn Invitational, including live audio coverage for the first two games of the season on Friday at 12:30 and then 5:30 p.m. (LISTEN LIVE)

Hit The Ground Running

Campbell Softball hit the diamond for their first outdoor practice of the regular season on Martin Luther King Jr. Day as the Fighting Camels prepare to open the year Friday, Feb. 12 at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium for the Hampton Inn Invitational.

After waiting through a bit of frigid weather to eventually melt away, following a night that reached as low as 19-degrees, players and coaches got busy working on the basic fundamentals.

The regular season now rests 25 days away as Campbell prepares for its second year under head coach Todd Bradley, this following a 28-27 campaign in 2015. Our friends @GoCamelsSB will provide the best photos and quotes leading up to first pitch.

Day in Campbell Softball

While the Fighting Camels fall softball slate has come to an official close, head coach Todd Bradley and company have introduced a new way to track the squad leading up to the 2016 season in Buies Creek.

Campbell Softball has worked to increase their exposure on social media utilizing their snapchat account to document what takes place on the field, in the locker room and around the program.

For more videos and updates throughout the Fall, make sure to follow @GoCamelsSB on both Snapchat and Twitter.