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BC Softball Team Plays Hard Ball in First Game

Berea's softball team pulled in their first win 5-4 against Marion College.

BC ladies pulled in their first win against Marion College

It was a passionate game, the first of the year for Berea's softball team, and the women played hard to win, showing everyone that they will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

With the music blaring and the first Marion College player at bat, Berea pitcher Mac Wells (#29) found herself facing a 3-2 count, but the team pulled together for an out at 1st base. After a slow start with the score 0-3, Berea's first base-hit came from Johanna Whittamore (#10) when she slammed a drive to the outfield and ended on 3rd base. Next at bat was Veronica Livers (#21), who was walked to 1st base. Wells stepped up to the plate and struck out, but not before Livers stole 2nd base. Erica Redmon (#6) came to hit, glided the ball past 2nd base and brought in two runners, bringing Berea within 1 point of Marion.

The 5th inning brought no runs for Marion. But as soon as Berea's Brittany Crane (#3) stepped up to the mound, she knocked it over the fence and brought in one more run. Next up, Livers bunts, bringing Crane home for another score. With the score 4-4 in the 6th inning, and one runner on 2nd, Rebecca Duley (#25) line-drives to center field, bringing in the 5th run of the afternoon. Marion came to bat in the 7th inning, but fell short, ending the game and giving BC the first game of the season.

Scott Buchanan, in his ninth year as BC softball coach, predicts a great season, full of exciting games and many more wins.

Included in Berea College's conference are some very good teams. The past three years the winner of their conference has gone on to win the regional tournament and do well in the national tournament. But the ladies this year are working harder than ever to get ready for the challenge.

There are several new team members, one senior, Diana Garrell, and three freshman Megan Royalty, Jayjay Wallace, and Brittany Crane. Although the team lost three starters from last year, Buchanan hopes the juniors will step up to lead the team this year. Their record last year was 20-12, and they hope to do even better this year.

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