Softball Wins Series Opener Over Maryland, 6-0

Submitted by South Bend Wolverine on April 20th, 2018 at 8:41 PM

First off, sorry for the lack of softball updates last weekend.  If you will pardon a bit of shameless horn-tooting, I didn't post anything because I was up in Minnesota for the 2018 USA Broomball National Championships.  The co-rec team I play for, District Charm, won the Co-Rec Class B Championship, so at least I was busy winning!

Anyhow, back to the champions of the West.  Michigan softball continued Big Ten play this evening with a match-up against middling Maryland.  This one was out of reach early, as a 2-run Aidan Falk double followed by a Katie Alexander sac-fly put Michigan up 3-0 after 1.  Falk & Alexander would combine to push across 2 more runs in the 3rd.  This time, it was Falk with the sac fly and Alexander with the RBI triple.  A Natalie Peters single in the 4th, driving home Natalia Rodriguez, would round out the scoring.

Freshman Meghan Beaubien was once again stellar in the circle.  It's become so predictable, especially with an over-matched team like Maryland, that these paragraphs write themselves. A bunt single in the 6th inning was the only thing separating the freshman sensation from another no-hitter.  As it was, she went 7 strong, with 7 Ks and not a walk in sight.

The series continues tomorrow at 2 PM.


South Bend Wolverine

April 20th, 2018 at 11:38 PM ^

Basically, it's hockey in shoes, but still on ice.  Originally played with literal brooms, now we use specially-made sticks.  The heartland of the sport is Minnesota, but it's spread by the fact that a lot of colleges have IM broomball, plus grassroots organizations all around the Midwest & East Coast.  That's how I got into it myself - IM at Michigan in 2005 or so, and then joining a league in DC.

The DC area actually has a pretty strong program & has won a good number of lower-division championships, especially in the co-rec area.  We have a few guys who play for a team that's come close to winning the top prize, Men's Class A, but they haven't quite pulled it off yet.  It's still a blast, though.  A really fun sport, and it attracts some pretty fun, unusual characters!