The Northwestern University Women's Softball Team had been seeded #2 in the Region 8 playoff, needing only to theoretically get past Texas [the #1] to advance to the Women's Softball College World Series.
It has been two weeks of crazy extra inning games, and pitchers coming back after extraordinary efforts to pitch additional extraordinary efforts.
There were Clutch Home Runs, Doubles hit at the right time, catches in the outfield, plays made at home, and timely strikeouts, but they all came to an end Friday evening about 8:22 in Austin when a Hawaii Wahine hit a two out single scoring a game winning run to beat the Cats. In the top of the inning, Hawaii had turned a triple play to shut down a Wildcat no out - 2 on rally.
NU Coach Kate Drohan summed up the the game, " They just got the big hits when it counted, and we did not."
She also talked after the game about the Cats could have been more agressive and maybe they had been too patient at times, but nobody asked her if she had been happy with her team's season.
Friday evening, she probably was a little down after losing to give too much of an answer anyway.
But this Saturday evening, as an NU Alumnus, I'm awfully proud of the Women's Softball Team -- a month ago, I sure wouldn't have predicted that we'd still be writing about the Diamond Girls this weekend.
The Cats lose 7 Seniors off this year's team: Pitchers Brie Brown and Laruen Schwendimann, Infielders Cindy Muran, Brett Nakabayashi, Robyn Pettinger, and Alyson Schultz, and Outfielder Jessie Wllnitz.
But there are 6 signees, including 3 pitchers and a few hard hitting fielders heading for the softball diamond Evanston in September. As we've seen, Softball is even more a game of Pitching, defense and timely hitting.
Maybe Cat fans should start to leave some time for Softball on their May schedules in the future?
-- da Coach
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