Bulldogs Softball Team Headed to CIAA Tournament on A Roll
By Maurice A Berry
The Lady Bulldogs softball team has had its ups and downs this season but like bulldogs do, they have fought back and have won 6 out of their last eight heading into the CIAA Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs got off to a 2-7 start to the season and then would win 5 out of their next six games, with blowout wins over Shaw University, Livingstone College and Saint Augustine's College.
After being swept in a double header by Wilmington University (Del.), the Lady Bulldogs won three straight over Wells College by a combined score of 32-0, then the bulldogs would follow up by sweeping Saint Paul's College. They would return home to be swept by division I Howard University, after having one game postponed and another canceled, the bulldogs would go to Maryland Eastern Shore and win one out of two. After the Eastern Shore game the Lady Bulldogs would go 8-6 down the stretch, they did win six straight after being swept by Chowan University and the winning streak would end by being swept by Millersville University.
The Lady Bulldogs finished 20-18 overall, 14-4 in the conference, finished third in the North Division and tied for fourth in the whole conference. Danielle McClay led the team in batting average, with a .414 average and was tied for the team lead in home runs with five. Last season, the Lady Bulldogs won 23 games and were 14-1 in the conference but when you look at all many big time players left the team after the season due to graduation, it's amazing that they still won 20 games.
When you think about it, this is not surprising, the Lady Bulldog's softball team continues to bring in young, hungry, talented players who want to learn and wants to win and that is the reason why the Lady Bulldogs have been in the last four CIAA Tournament Championship games. Most teams find it hard to win 20 games but when you add in the fact that six of the Lady Bulldogs 13 players are freshmen and then you have five sophomores, it just shows the passion, heart and dedication that have been put into this program. A program that has received the credit it deserves because the Lady Bulldogs softball program has been the most productive program other than bowling since I have been at Bowie State University. This young team will gain more positive experiences during the CIAA tournament but they will have a fight on their hands competing against Chowan and Virginia State University, who went 11-1 and 10-2 respectively, within the northern division. Then they will have to see down the line if they make it through a Winston-Salem State University team that went 10-0 within the southern division and 16-1 in the whole conference.
I feel the Lady Bulldogs will rise up and bring another championship home. I want to send a congratulations to Adria Lewis, for being named Rookie of the Year and being on the ALL-CIAA 2nd Team. Joining her on the rookie team are: Mariela Hernandez and Cherokee Williams and on the second team you have Lewis and Amanda Ray. On the first team ALL-CIAA would be Danielle McClay and Kristen Lee. The Lady Bulldogs will being their run towards another ring today but win or lose the future looks extremely bright for the Lady Bulldogs!