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Softball makes HCAC championship game

LIndsay Mayberry
Senior pitcher Lyndsey Mayberry led the pioneers with a 15-7 record.

The softball team advanced to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship game for the third year in a row as the Pioneers completed a 25-14 season that included a 10-6 HCAC record.

Under first-year head coach Michelle Manning, Transy jumped off to a 5-1 record in the early season before heading to Fort Myers, Fla., over spring break to take part in the Gene Cusic Classic. Playing a strong mix of colleges from the Midwest and East, the Pioneers beat Albion College and Bowdoin College while compiling a 6-4 record in Florida.

In the season-ending, double-elimination HCAC tournament hosted by Defiance College, Transy lost to eventual champion Anderson University before bouncing back with wins over Bluffton University and Defiance to make the finals. Anderson got three runs in the sixth inning to break open a tight game and defeat Transy 8-4 for the HCAC crown and an NCAA Division III tournament bid.

Five Pioneers were named to the All-HCAC team, led by senior shortstop Andrea Fitzpatrick, who made the team for the fourth time and is Transy’s career home run leader with 31. She batted .296 for the season with seven homers and 26 RBI.

Others on the HCAC team included sophomore third baseman Jessica Broadhead, senior pitcher Lyndsey Mayberry, senior second baseman Jessica Holloman, and junior designated player Melissa Sharpe. Broadhead made the HCAC team for the second year in a row while batting .388 and leading Transy with 39 runs. Mayberry, an HCAC Pitcher of the Week, led Transy with a 15-7 record and a 3.30 earned run average, while Holloman hit .336 with 27 runs and 21 RBI. Playing both outfield and catcher, Sharpe was a .337 hitter and led the team with 30 RBI.

Junior designated player Emily Safstrom and sophomore infielder Brittany Leach won HCAC Player of the Week honors.

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