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Wingate Softball gained record in a Double-header against Catawba

Cierra Smith, Staff Writer

This past Tuesday May 18, 2017, the Wingate softball team took their record to 25-21 overall and 10-8 in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) in a double-header win over the Catawba College Indians. In the first game that started at 2 pm, the Bulldogs won with a score of 2-0 and in the second game starting at 4 pm, it was a close game with a score of 5-4. This win comes after a tough loss to Carson-Newman Friday in a SAC conference game.

In the first game, the team was led to a victory by a few key players including freshman Mary Claire Coyne (#14) who had a great night with a triple after three times at bat and one run to home plate. Sophomores Naomi Sapp and Taylor Wells  also helped lead the dogs to a victory with significant plays.

Catawba had prominent players including Kristen Stinnard who went up to bat three times and had a hit for the first game, as well as Keri Faulkner who also got a hit for the team.

In game two, we still see Mary Claire Coyne leading the game ending the night with four runs to home plate and a grand slam with two hits at bat. Following suit was seniors Katie McLaurin and Olivia Smith who helped solidify the victory with two hits and a run each.

Catawba scored much better in this match with players Katherine Shumaker and Leah Huggins contributing a series of RBI and a homer for the team, boosting the score for the Indians to 4 at the close of the game.

The Wingate softball team will have another double-header SAC game this Saturday, April 22nd against the Anderson Trojans.

Photo Source: Wingate Athletics

Edited by: Brea Childs

Wingate Softball team is looking to Rebuild in the 2017 Season

Maggie Smith, Staff Writer

During the 2016 season, the Wingate Bulldogs Softball team finished 32-16 overall and 15-7 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bulldogs lost six seniors, who were also key players. The Bulldogs lost seniors, Mellena Helms, Emily Usiak, Taylor Laskey, Shannen Adams, Jordan Wilson, and Stacey Houser.

Mellena Helms lead the team in several categories during the 2016 season including; slugging percentage, hits, runs scored, triples, home runs, total bases, stolen base percentage, and total plate appearances. Taylor Laskey lead in a few categories as well, and held the highest batting average (.372) throughout the 2016 season.

After losing six seniors, the Bulldogs added seven freshmen to the 2017 roster. “We have a really young team this year,” said head coach Lani Shaffer, “so we are going through our growing pains as a young team but eventually will work out all the kinks.”

The seven newcomers for the Bulldogs are; Jessica VonCannon, Rebekah Woods, Aubrey Reep, Emma Swenson, Mary Claire Coyne, Jordan McDuffie, and Jordan Floyd. Six of the seven freshmen are starters for the bulldogs.

VonCannon starts in left field for the bulldogs, Swenson at shortstop, and Coyne at first base. Woods interchanges for the starting position with senior, Olivia Smith. Reep alternates starting at pitcher with sophomore, Rachel Weidner.

The Bulldogs had four returning preseason honorees: first team selection, seniors, Katie McLaurin and Misty Doran, as well as second team all-conference selections, sophomores, Naomi Sapp and Rachel Weidner. Another key returner for the bulldogs is senior, Olivia Smith. Shaffer said she looks for her 3 seniors, Katie McLaurin, Misty Doran, and Olivia Smith to lead the way on and off the field this season.

The Bulldogs got their start for the season on February 4. So far, the Bulldogs are 7-9 overall. “This year is a rebuilding year” said Shaffer, “this is such an awesome group of girls this year and even though we are young, our future looks bright” said Shaffer.

The Bulldogs will play their next game March 5 at home at 1 p.m. against Georgia College.

Photo source: Wingate Univeristy Atheletics

Edited By: Brea Childs