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Ragin' Cajun softball fans hope to put controversy in the past

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The Ragin' Cajun softball season is officially underway with the Cajuns winning the first game of the Gerry Glasco era.

That win followed months of controversy, including the firing of former coach Michael Lotief.

Cajun fans are hoping to put the drama-filled off-season behind them.

"You know, I feel good about the program. It's in good hands with Coach Glasco," said a season ticket holder of 25 years, Ricky Calais, who says he has full faith in the team.

"I just know we have a good track record. We're a really good team, and I hope this year and this season, we can continue that," said UL student Kristen Kolwe.

Fans are chanting through the stadium, shining their positive energy onto the field.

"I hope that they come out and give it their best. I mean, they looked amazing tonight, and I think the crowd really came forth with the game," said another fan, Leslie Muher.

"I hope that we, as fans, can show that we support these girls, and even though they had a rough time and things went bad last year, that we're still there, and we're still going to help cheer them on," said four-year season ticket holder Gina Borel. "We want them to have success like they always have."

"Well, I hope they can put it all behind them, and I have great faith in the girls and looking forward to a successful season," said another season ticket holder of 30 years, Cranston Smith.

Most of the fans at Lamson Park say that despite the rocky off-season, they're here for the team and they're excited to see what's in store for the rest of the season.

"I don't have any shirts that say Coach Lotief on them they have Louisiana on them so I follow the program not the coach," said Calais.

"I think the chemistry and the girls are so excited. I know my daughter is," said a mother of one of the softball players, Janice Ashley. She said she believes Coach Glasco will be a great asset to the team. "I'm from College Station, and I watched him when he was a coach there."

"I think they're a good group of girls. I don't think it's going to affect them that much. I'm sorry we lost a few key players, but other than that, I think we're looking forward to a good season," said Smith.

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