The 2017-2018 Women’s Club Softball season has been, hands down, the most successful softball team that this program has ever produced. After my third year serving as Executive Board Treasurer, Captain, and pitcher for this team, I can attest to that. We have come tremendously far as an organization since I started with the team as a freshman here at Central Michigan University.
After being crowned the 2018 Great Lakes East Conference Champions and Regional Runner-Ups, the CMU Women’s Club Softball team also made our first ever trip to the National Club Softball Association World Series in Columbus, Georgia. We have worked extremely hard to get this far, and it has been such an amazing process. This year was our organization’s first year with a full-time head coach, Lisa Mayes, who was hired by myself and the rest of our Executive Board in the Fall of 2017. Coach Lisa and the 2018 E-Board have been tremendous change agents for our team, pushing us to heights that we had previously never thought possible.
Prior to this year, our organization had been consistently improving our record on a year-to-year basis, however we had never beaten Michigan State University – our biggest rival. This year, however, would be different. The team rallied around our president, Becca Doyle, who had poured her heart and soul into this program throughout her four years as president. Knowing that this would be her last year, the team made it a memorable one. During our triple header against Michigan State this season, we took the series 2-1, beating Michigan State not only once, but twice in a series, coming out on top for the first time in program history. This was the moment when our team realized how feasible our trip to Nationals in Georgia would become.
After finishing 10-2 on the regular season, CMU Women’s Club Softball took the title of Conference Champions and headed to the Regional round in Elkhart, Indiana, where we would finish second overall, securing us a spot at the NCSA World Series. At this point we were ranked 16th in the nation going into the National Tournament, which is a phenomenal feat for our club, as we have been unranked every year prior to this season and had never before qualified for Nationals. During the last week in May, the club travelled together to Columbus, Georgia for the NCSA World Series to represent Central Michigan University and our Club Softball Team. Beginning the 2017-18 season unranked, our team fought an incredible uphill battle to get to this tournament. At the World Series, after finishing day one 3-0 in Pool Play and defeating the defending National Champions, Arkansas State, we were seeded No. 1 overall going into Bracket Play. Finishing 5-2 overall in the National Tournament, we are currently ranked as the No. 5 team in the United States.
I could not be more humbled to be one of the leaders of this organization, and I could not be more proud of my teammates and all the hard work and dedication that has gotten us this far. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this upwardly moving organization, and I am excited to say that I will remain Treasurer for the team for my upcoming Senior year here at Central Michigan University.