This spring, the Maryville College softball team is off to a great start. After playing many nationally ranked opponents, the Scots are 11-10 overall this season, and they are 3-1 in conference play.
On March 18, softball kicked off their first conference opener against Berea, winning two games that weekend. They won the first game 8-0 and the second game 21-0. During their doubleheader, the Scots collected a season high of 14 hits in a single game.
On March 25, softball played Huntington in a doubleheader going 1-1 on the weekend. They fought hard in game one but unfortunately ended up losing 2-0, which resulted in their first loss in conference.
However, after many innings of a 3-3 tie ball game, Jenica Brown blasted a three-run home run to put the Scots up 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The team ended up taking down Huntington in game two with a final score of 7-3, giving the Hawks their first loss in conference play.
The Scots split their series with Agnes Scott on April 1st. Maryville took the first game in five innings after beating the Scotties 14-0. However, Maryville fell to the Scotties 7-12 after a long hard seven inning fight. The next day, on April 2, the Scots swept Wesleyan during their double header, winning the first game 7-0 and the next 14-0.
Softball had to postpone and reschedule two of their games due to weather during Easter
weekend. They will now be playing LaGrange on April 18th, and will follow up with a non-conference game April 20th.
Jamie Carr, assistant softball coach for Scots, helped lead her team to the very NCAA tournament where she pitched at Maryville College back in 2003. Carr is not only the assistant softball coach, but she is also the pitching coach.
Carr believes the pitching staff for the Scots is very strong and will continue to play an important role throughout the season.
“The pitchers are doing really well. They are keeping us in games, shutting people down and keeping the hitters off balance,” said Carr. “This is going to be very important for us during our conference play and deeper in the conference tournament.”
All four of the pitchers at Maryville College have played vital roles while on the mound. They have worked together to collect wins and done their job well while they are on the rubber.
Jill Moore, head softball coach for Maryville College, believes all the hard work the Scots are putting in will be worth it on the field now and in the future.
“The future of this program is very bright. The players in this program have really worked hard and are very proud of who they play for and for Maryville,” Moore said. “The work we put in and the results we are getting on the field is paying off. We have a great core group of players, they are fun to coach and they are fun to watch.”
Softball only has four more teams to play within their conference before they head to the conference tournament, which will take place from April 27 to May 6.