WRITTEN BY SHERRY REEDER
The NCU softball team finished the 2014-2015 season with a lot of firsts, and a lot of lasts. Overall, the Beacons had a great season with 13-33 and 10-18 in conference. But these girls did more than just win and lose some games, they developed a friendship that turned into a family, and they experienced it all together. From Parker Bonife setting the NCU RBI record of 81, to Jill Suratt pitching a perfect game, the girls stood together. Freshman Anita Singh, a dedicated player and friend said “My favorite thing about my team this year was definitely how well all of our personalities mesh so well with each other. We are always laughing and cracking jokes with each other that it creates a very light, fun environment. This then translates into our playing because that’s usually when we perform to our highest potential.”
This team persevered through the losses, celebrated the victories and made it a very memorable year. Anita Singh said “For me personally, I would say our very last game I will never forget. We had just gotten beat on our own field by Northwest and they came out the 2nd game with some fire by scoring a couple of runs early on. However, that didn’t stop us. We ended up coming back in the 8th inning and winning 6-5.” The prediction for the final outcome was NCU to be in 9th (last) place but the girls wouldn’t let that prediction become reality. Anita said “. I think that kindled a motivation fire within all of us to ensure that would not be our future because we have so much talent on our team.” Each girl worked hard and faithfully to do the best they could and walked away with NCU in 5th place overall.
Not only do the girls have a passion for the game, they have a passion for each other, and their fans. Junior Kaeli Massetto and Freshman, Anita Singh would like to give a few shout outs to some incredible people.
Kaeli: I would like to give a shout to my parents, sister, my roommate Ciara, and Andy for always being there and supporting me. They have been there for me through the years and during my college softball career.
Anita: I would definitely like to give a shout out to our 4 seniors, because without their hard work and dedication to the sport, I wouldn’t have reached my potential this year. They all make me want to be not only a better player, but a better person in general. They are an amazing group of 4 people and I am so thankful that God blessed me with their presence in my life.
Through diligent fans, hardworking Beacons and amazing talent, the softball team ended their season. For some of the girls, this was the very beginning, and for others it was the end. Four seniors, Addy Hoskins, Torie O’Keeffe, Jill Suratt, and Randi Kostner played their last college softball game. They were celebrated with friends and family on the field, and got to show their talent one last time as a bright shining Beacon.
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