Lady Cougar Softball Blog
Throughout the course of the 2012 season, MVNU
senior outfielder MacKenzie Shaw will write a weekly blog about what is
happening with the softball team.
1" (posted on April 2, 2012)
Before every game,
Ashley Riffell gives each of us a Bible
verse to put in our back pocket and a ribbon
to put in our hair with the Bible verse
written on it. The verse from our games on
Saturday continues to play throughout my
head speaking words of encouragement to our
James 1:2 - Consider it
pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face
trials of many kinds, because you know that
the testing of your faith develops
Needless to say,
the Lady Cougar softball team has faced a
few trials throughout the past week.
Wednesday afternoon, we made the trip to
Urbana University for a doubleheader. We
lost both games to Urbana 9-0 and 5-1.
Unfortunately, in the sixth inning of the
second game, we experienced some heartache.
Lindsey Minor, our centerfielder, gave her
all for a diving catch in center field, one
of the best catches I have ever seen!
Lindsey made the catch, but got her glove
caught under her body in the process.
Lindsey broke her wrist in two places and
had to undergo surgery on Friday afternoon.
Lindsey is a HUGE part of our team and we
already miss her greatly! I am sure she
would appreciate your prayers for her quick
After two tough losses and
one of our most valuable players getting
hurt, we were a bit defeated. We had a good
practice on Thursday to boost our spirits.
Friday, we hit the road for a long weekend
of conference play in Indiana. We took the
field on Friday for our conference opener
against St. Francis. We fell short the first
game against St. Francis 4-0. The second
game was a much better performance for us!
We played our hearts out into 8 innings, but
couldn't pull out the win as we lost 7-6. We
hit the road to spend the night in a hotel
and take on Bethel the following day.
Saturday rolled around and we started
out our day with a yummy team breakfast at
IHOP. Most of us ordered way too much food,
but we were full and ready to play! We
headed to Bethel dressed in layers and
missing the Florida sunshine! We fell to
Bethel in the first game 7-2 as we tried to
put up a good fight. The second game was not
in our favor as we fell 16-0.
long bus ride back seemed to never end! Long
bus rides make for 17 silly girls! So, the
Lady Cougar softball team has taken up a new
hobby when we are not playing ball. We like
to think that when softball is over, we will
make a great choir! Our favorite artist to
sing is Taylor Swift, but we do take
requests! If you want to see a video of one
of our solo singers, Dee Dill, performing
her best impression of Tina Turner, check
out my Facebook page
Although we are struggling
on the field, we are staying strong as a
team. We are always there for each other no
matter what life may throw our way. This has
been one of the closest teams I have been
apart of. So, let me introduce a few more of
them to you.
Morgan Wade is a
freshman catcher from Buckeye Valley. Morgan
is majoring in youth ministries and
communications with a math minor. She told
me that her biggest fear is probably showing
up to a speech or presentation unprepared or
with nothing to say. The song that describes
her best is Waving Flag by K'naan because it
is upbeat and full of hope and potential
just like she is positive and always looking
to see the hope and potential in any
Kara Bauman is a freshman middle
infielder from Rittman, Ohio. Kara is a
middle childhood education major. Kara told
me that her biggest fear was losing someone
who was close to her. The song that best
describes her is Halo because it helped her
through the passing of her grandfathers.
Last but not least of the freshman class
is Tessa Simmons. Tessa is a
pitcher/outfielder from right down the road
in Bladensburg, Ohio majoring in nursing.
Her biggest fear is spiders and the song
that best describes her is Don't Stop
Believin' by Journey. She says it is so
awesome to sing in the car and you should
never stop believing!
Lindsey Minor is the toughest girl on
the Lady Cougar softball team. Lindsey is a
sophomore from Waynesburg, PA and majors in
nursing. Lindsey is my rock in centerfield!
Unfortunately, she will be out for the rest
of the season due to her injury, but she is
still a huge part of our team. Her biggest
fear is forgetfulness and the song that best
describes her is Take a Back Road because
she is happiest when she is outdoors in the
Thanks again for reading the
weekly blog! Please continue to pray for
Lindsey and her speedy recovery! The Lady
Cougars have another busy week this week. We
head to Notre Dame on Tuesday and then hit
the road again to Indiana to play Taylor
University on Good Friday and Indiana
Wesleyan on Saturday! I promise we will have
a home game soon for you all to come out and
watch! Go Cougars!
"Diamond Notes with MacKenzie Shaw" Complete