And So It Begins...
The Blessed Trinity softball team knew it would be theirs one day, and now that it is, they would never say “Told ya so.” But the BT parents, fans, students, administration, and former players have been saying it amongst themselves ever since the team brought home their first Region Championship this season.
According to Jan Podhorez, head softball coach, the year has been a successful one with the Lady Titans ending the season with a 30-6 record. “We finished 1st in the Centennial Tournament, 4th in the Cherokee Invitational, and 1st in the Cass Tournament. Not only were we the Region Champions, we made it to the Elite 8 in
Pitcher Amber Hamilton, a three-year varsity member, had an incredible year on the mound. “She kept us in every game and also had the game winning hit against Stephens County to send us to the State Tournament,” said Podhorez, who also noted that Hamilton, a junior, has been the team’s MVP for the last three years and is the driving force behind the team’s success. “She’s an incredible player and person and we are lucky to have her for another year.”
The two captains of the team, seniors Allison Griggs and Jenny Brandon, were not only instrumental on the field but were also a driving force in the spirit of the team. “Allison and Jenny have been our captains this year and have done a fantastic job as leaders for our team. They have helped build this program to the place where it is today and it will be tough to say goodbye to them,” said Podhorez.
The Lady Titans outfield was a powerhouse when it came to defense. Senior Rachel Rivardo, who led the team in batting average, was an effective 3rd baseman. Seniors Marjie Foley and Liz Maggard both produced game-saving catches in numerous games.
Podhorez gave kudos to the team’s four freshmen members who she said will only improve their game while maturing into a team to watch. “Katie Hawkins, Macy Terry, Maddy Stanton, and Janie Mertz, had outstanding seasons and contributed in so many ways. It was good for them to see the success of our team this season so they know what to build on the next three seasons,” she said.
“Overall, we had a great season,” said Podhorez. “We won many games and our first Region title, but the greatest thing about this season was how 15 girls came together as one. That was the reason for our success.”