First, we go with the “most excellent” news, please.
The Virginia Tech Softball team, off over the mountains in Lexington, Kentucky (one of those states that used to be Virginia) to start off their challenge to get to Oklahoma for the NCAA Softball World Series, put up a big win against Illinois (another state that used to be Virginia); 6-2
Sierra Walton came to the plate in the Hokie half of the 6th, and power smashed a ball over the left field wall for a 3 run dinger. The Hokies hung another run on the scoreboard, but the box score hasn’t been posted at this writing so all we have is Twitter and here’s the big home run.
The Hokies will face the winner of the Toledo/Kentucky game currently being played. Because this is a double elimination bout, the loser of the Rockets/Wildcats game will play an elimination game and then face the winner of the Virginia Tech vs. ? game from tomorrow. Not ever sure that double eliminations are completely fair, but those are the rules...
In the mean time there are another score of post season honors going to Hokie Softball players. The NFCA has a Mid-Atlantic honor roster; Pitchers Carrie Eberle and Keely Rochard along with 3B Kelsey Bennett SS Caitlyn Nolan, and OF Emma Strouth and OF Darby Trull made the first team. 1B Jayme Bailey was named to the second team.
Those are special honors for a great team making an impressive comeback. Now they have a win in the first round of the tournament to go with them.
It was a game of almosts. Tech almost held off the Hoos in the middle innings. Tech almost scored the walk off runs in the bottom of the 9th and the bottom of the 10th. Tech’s bull pen almost held the Hoos scoreless in the late innings. But it wasn’t to be. The Wahoos pushed two critical runs across the plate in the top of the 11th breaking the 6/6 tie, and then freezing Tech out for the bottom of the 11th.
The Hoos would end the last inning with that 2 run lead intact and walk away with an 8-2 win in the first game of the final 2019 series for the Hokies.
Currently the Hokies are leading the Hoos 2-0 in the bottom of the 4th. Let’s keep hoping they keep the Wahoos from crossing the plate.
The point of Collegiate Athletics is helping to pay for an education. We’d like to offer a hearty Hokie congratulations to Nick Owens, Nick Menken, Jack Owens, and Luke Horanski for being members of the Virginia Tech Class of 2019.
Let’s get back to .500 Hokies. The winning season would be within reach for tomorrow’s final game of the season.