The Sporting Life
By Maurice Berry
It's almost May and soon we will be taking finals and going our separate ways for the summer. The seniors will be graduating and starting the next chapter in their lives. I hope that along this part of your life's journey you have learned valuable lessons that will help you both inside and outside of the classroom. To the freshmen, you are almost sophomores, take what you have learned and continue to apply it. Surely someone has been a blessing to you during your first year, now be a blessing to the next freshman who may feel lost or overwhelmed as they make the transition from high school to college. Remember when someone gave you advice or reached out a helping hand. Sophomores you are about to be juniors. Leadership and wisdom will now be your responsibility. Continue to be an example to the younger students and let them know that you can make it if you want it bad enough. Juniors you are about to be seniors. Your college days are almost over; finish strong and provide the leadership that is need. Believe it or not the younger students look at what older students are doing.
Now to sports, the CIAA Softball Championships started on April 15 and the Lady Bulldogs opened with a bang by defeating Shaw University 8-0. Bowie State held a 12-2 hit advantage and was led by freshman Amanda Hedgepeth (Odenton, Md., Arundel) with three hits to go along with two RBIs. Seniors Elizabeth Slater (Glen Burnie, Md., Lenoir-Rhyne University) and Faline Brown (Inwood, W. Va., Musselman, Hagerstown C.C.) along with freshman Justine Smith (Silver Spring, Md., James Herbert Blake) added a pair of hits as well for the Lady Bulldogs. Brown (13-13) picks up the Bowie State win, striking out five and walked one.
Later in the afternoon, they defeated Johnson C. Smith University 5-3 in a hard fought game. Bowie State lit the scoreboard up first in the bottom of the third inning but Johnson C. Smith responded with a pair of runs of their own in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 2-2.
After a scoreless fifth, the BSU Lady Bulldogs pushed back in front with a three run on four hit sixth inning to give the three-time defending CIAA Champions a little breathing room at 5-2. Bowie State senior pitcher Brown struck out Johnson C. Smith's next batter, but Mauranda Elliot reached first on an error, advanced all the way to third on another error and was eventually thrown out at third in a rundown for out number two. Bowie State won despite leaving 11 runners on base.
Congratulations to my friends Faline Brown, Shalai Tabor and Shanae Smoot for making all CIAA first team honors!