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Softball has strong season ending

The softball team finished the season on an up-tick, winning five of its last eight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference games, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Pioneers from softball battermissing the HCAC tournament for the first time since Transylvania joined the conference in 2002. Under head coach Michelle Manning, Transy completed the year with a 17-19 overall record and a 7-9 mark in the HCAC, good for sixth place. The top four teams qualify for the conference tourney.

Transy got off on the right foot with a 3-1 record in the season-opening Centre Invitational, winning twice against the host school while also defeating Oberlin College and losing to DePauw University. The Pioneers had a 5-5 record during the Rebel Games, a week of softball during a spring trip to Kissimmee, Fla.

Junior shortstop Jessica Broadhead (pictured at left) and first-year outfielder/pitcher Kendra DeArk were named to the All-HCAC first team. Broadhead, earning the league honor for the third straight year, led Transy with a .456 batting average, 29 runs, and 23 RBI. DeArk posted a 6-5 record as a pitcher and averaged .333 as a slugging outfielder, with 26 runs and 17 RBI.

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