Softball opens season on a high note

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Rachel Potvin, senior, makes the catch last season against Rockhurst University. Photo courtesy of Kyle Rivas.

The William Jewell Softball team opened up their season in Bentonville, Ark., where they took on four different teams in the Division II Arkansas-Monticello Softball Classic.

At the competition, the team went 3-1, grabbing wins over Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Ouachita Baptist University and Harding University, but the team fell to the University of Central Missouri.

The Cardinals combined batting average after the weekend is .281, and the team earned run average (ERA) is 2.75. The team only committed five errors in the four games at the Classic.

“We had to overcome a little adversity… but we stayed focused and we played well, both offensively and defensively,” said Rachel Potvin, senior and outfielder.

“I felt like we performed well overall as a team. This was the first time playing games that counted with the first-years, so it was fun to see how we all came together to win ball games, ” Potvin said.

Potvin is excited to finish her last softball season. She expects the team to be a contender in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and hopes to advance to regionals this year.

The Cardinal softball team heads to Joplin, Mo. for another softball classic Feb. 28th through Mar. 1st. The team will face off against four opponents: Washburn University, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Northwest Missouri State University and Pittsburg State University. The team’s home opener is set for Mar. 8, in which the team will face off in a double header against Upper Iowa University.

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