by Meghan Merkel
While students headed to exotic locations like Cancun, Mexico and Panama City, Florida to bask in the sun, the Lady Cavalier’s softball team headed to LaGrange, Georgia to compete in their most challenging tournament to date.
“Since we are not yet ranked, it was difficult for us just to get into the tournament,” sophomore Rita Horning stated.
However, Cabrini made a name for itself quickly.
As the Lady Cav’s approached the field, they passed a mother of one of the players being interviewed by a local newspaper. She smiled and declared, “the best teams in the nation are playing here this weekend.”
Later they discovered that the mother was there supporting St. Mary’s University, last year’s Division III National Champions.
The Lady Cavs defeated the National Champions soon after with a score of 4-1. First-year student Jamie Dautel smacked a three run homer in the fifth.
When competing against LaGrange College, junior Megan Johnston hit the first pitch of the seventh inning for a home run to break a scoreless tie ensuring Cabrini’s victory.
It also defeated No. 3-ranked Muskingum College with a score of 7-4.
Cabrini spilt with Roanoke College and defeated Clark University and Moravian College. The Cavs finished with a 6-2 record.
Dautel was honored with an All-tournament selection.
Overall coaches Baxter and Pelkey were pleased.
“We went in as the underdogs and came out on top,” senior Katie Vallone concluded.
The Lady Cavs head down to the Salisbury State University tournament this weekend.