Bittersweet Moments for Women's Softball Team
Nicole Santaniello, Cedar Crest Senior at bat.
The Cedar Crest women's softball team participated in an annual tournament held over spring break in Myrtle Beach. The event took place from March 29 through April 7. The team traveled to South Carolina, where teams from all divisions took part in this popular tournament. Cedar Crest played seven games total. Their opponents were Castleton, River, Otterbein, Wilkes, Wesley, Gwynedd Mercy, and Hilbert. Overall, they had a record of 3 wins and 4 losses. Some new members had the opportunity to travel for the first time with the team. Brianna Lankford, social work major, was able to experience her first trip to Myrtle Beach. "Being a freshman, I didn't really get to start, but I did have the opportunity to be put into the game,” Lankford said, "Although it was nerve wrecking, it felt like it was my chance to prove myself.” Lankford is a freshman infielder who will be an up and rising player for the college. These new experiences allowed her to grow as a player. “I look forward to growing with the team in the future,” Lankford said. While starting as a freshman may be stressful, having a team to back you up lessens that stress. Kimberly Begley, coach for the Falcons, said, “This team has great leadership and our captains and upper classmen do a fantastic job on mentoring and inspiring the underclassmen.” One of those upperclassmen is Breanna Young, senior pitcher for the Falcons. “Watching the underclassmen play is always a great experience,” Young said. “This is the week they prove they deserve a starting spot over a returner.” This was Young’s last time attending the tournament at Myrtle Beach and the most bittersweet. “Competing in Myrtle Beach will be the best memories of my four years,” Young said. “This was my last year in Myrtle so I wanted to make the best of it.” Aside from playing the sport they love most, cherishing the time left with their teammates was most precious. “At the end of the day you won’t remember the strikeouts you had, or the errors in the field, but you will remember each and every girl you played with,” Young said.