David Pastor, Sports Reporter
It was an emotional and historic week for the women’s softball team.
Seniors’ Night took place on Oct. 8 as Meaghan Murphy, Rachel Matheson-Green, Kate Kostuch and Myranda Pierson were recognized before their final home double header against Seneca.
The Hawks won both games without giving up a single run against Seneca, 6-0 and 10-0.
Matheson-Green went 2.2 innings in the first game of the double header giving up only one hit and struck out one.
“It’s good it’s a lot of fun, these girls are your family, it’s something you don’t want to leave,” the pitcher said.
Second basemen Meghan Murphy finished her career third all-time in hits with 117, before being pulled in the fifth as she ran off the field to an ovation.
“She’s a big game player but didn’t have her best today, but I damn know well she’s going to have her best next week,” head coach Duaine Bowles said.
Murphy said she had trouble containing her feelings when she walked onto the turf.
“I was trying to keep the emotions out of it, until the last possible moment,” she said. “It was kind of hard containing it once I got into the field because I knew it was the last inning but its happy tears, I’m sad to be going because I love it so much.”
Pitcher Myranda Pierson went five perfect innings in the second game against striking out 12 of 15 batters that came up to the plate.
“It’s been a lot of fun its more of like a family dynamic…playing for this team is amazing,” Pierson said.
Kostuch had a great day at the plate going 2 for 4 scoring two runs and was walked twice in the two games.
“I was nervous, I know my abilities and what I can do but nerves get to me sometimes, so I was nervous, a little sad but like a happy sad,” she said. “It was an amazing experience, it taught me more things than just softball, it’s going to help me in my future I think.”
Bowles said he’s impressed by what Kostuch has done offensively this season and has complete faith in his starting left fielder in the upcoming playoffs.
“Kate’s come along way and I’m proud of where she is right now,” he said.
Humber clinched first place on Oct. 10 with a record of 19-5 by winning the first game of the double header against Conestoga, 8-4.
It’s the first time the softball team took the regular season title in program history.
The team is now getting ready for provincials, which begin the week of Oct. 18, as the women face off against either Conestoga or Fanshawe.
The women believe the key to success will be how they approach every game mentally and the energy they bring.
“We are the loudest team I’ve ever played on and I’ve every played against and I really think that’s something that works for us,” Matheson-Green said.
Bowles said the grit and determination will get them to the finals.
“I think the biggest thing (with) this year’s group is (they’re) a little bit tougher,” he said. “There ready to do whatever it takes to win a softball game.”
Their mentality has the team keeping their eyes on the prize.
“Expect frigging gold medals, you’re going to see some big hits, you’re going to see some big plays ‘cause it’s all or nothing for most of us,” Kostuch said.