R-MC softball team finishes strong in ODAC Tournament

To say the Randolph Macon Women’s Softball team did well would be an understatement. The softball team entered the ODAC tournament with a 22-10 record, placing them in the 4th seed.

During the ODAC Tournament, the Jackets faced the 5th seed, Guilford College.

With the hit by Katie Woody, resulting in two runs by Amanda Sopko ‘15 and Madison Gilman ‘16, RMC gained the the lead and the eventual win, 2-0.

They moved to the next round to face the number one seed, Virginia Wesleyan and with an early run by Skylar Toth ‘18, they improved to a 1-0 lead. With a triple by Gilman at the top of the 6th and the hit by K. Woody, Gilman scored and RMC sealed the game with a 2-0 victory.

The team went to face 2nd seed Lynchburg College on the 25th and after a 0-1 score after the 3rd inning, a double by S. Ford led to a 2-1 score with runs by Toth ‘18 and Hayden Fontenot ’18, The team then followed up with a phenomenal ending at the top of the 7th inning, scoring four runs against Lynchburg’s single run at the bottom 7th. The final score was 6-2.

Randolph-Macon then faced Lynchburg college once again in the championship game. RMC quickly gained the lead at the top of the 1st with runs by Sopko, Jarvis, and a home run by Harley Jones ’18. With a 3-0 lead, the team continued to overpower Lynchburg to a final score of 7-1. The win marked the team’s first ever ODAC Championship.

Freshman Nelda Bagley, who has pitched phenomenally at all tournaments, has allowed 10 hits, 1 run, and 6 strikeouts during the championship game. Bagley has struck out 22 and walked 7 throughout the entirety of the tournament and has earned the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award.

Alongside Bagley’s MOP award, Gilman, Woody, Sopko, Jones, and Toth were all on the All-Tournament team.

The team also had a marked showing on the All-ODAC teams. Bagley was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year and was voted on the all-ODAC Second Team.

Senior shortstop Sharese Jarvis and junior catcher Madison Gilman earned All-ODAC First Team.   Senior utility player Amanda Sopko was voted All-ODAC Second Team and junior outfielder Sierra Ford received All-ODAC Third Team honors.

Senior member Sharese Jarvis spoke on their outstanding achievements.

“Winning our Program’s first ever ODAC Championship title is a pretty indescribable feeling’ Jarvis said ‘It’s no miracle that we won, but it’s just a priceless emotion when you can be a part of such an amazing and successful program,” said Jarvis.

Jarvis also summed up the year’s accomplishments.

“Since this this is my last year, it was the perfect way to end my career! This group of girls has dedicated their time, energy, and skills to contribute to one of the best seasons here at RMC! I’m just really glad and, most importantly, blessed to have been able to experience this all!” said Jarvis.

Ending the season with such high marks leaves both a sweet and bitter taste, as seniors Jarvis, Sopko, and Carly Alford leave the team in the hands of a young and proven group of women.

-Bar Hass ’16, Staff Writer

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