By Kendrick Jackson, Advertising Manager
As of April 23, the Black and Gold currently sit at 19-21 with a 11-17 record in conference play. This is West Liberty’s best overall record since the 2015 season. However, even with this accomplishment, WLU is still on the outside of the MEC Tournament looking in.
Currently ranked fifth in the North Division of the MEC, only the top four teams in every division are invited to the conference tournament. As of April 23, Notre Dame is one game ahead of WLU at the fourth seed with a 12-16 conference record.
The Lady Hilltoppers will travel to South Euclid, Ohio on Saturday to face the Lady Falcons of Notre Dame in a highly anticipated game. During their first encounter this season, both teams split their doubleheader. The Lady Falcons took the first game 7-3 while WLU earned themselves a 2-1 walk-off win in the second game.
Notre Dame junior infielder, Shelby Stephens, has been one of the go-to hitters for the Lady Falcons this season. As of April 23, Stephens leads the teams in times at-bat (138), number of runs (18), and number of hits (46). Stephens batting average is 33-percent, and she has three home runs for the regular-season.
Looking forward to Sunday, WLU will host its final game of the regular season against Urbana University. As of April 23, Urbana sits at the bottom of the conference with a 9-37 record overall. The Lady Blue Knights of Urbana are only 2-15 during away games this season and have lost seven of their last ten games.
Urbana sophomore infielder, Mykee Holtz, has been a bright spot for the squad. During high school, Holtz set the season record for number of RBIs and doubles. As of April 23, Holtz leads Urbana in RBIs (31) and doubles (13) this season. Holtz also has 44 hits for the season, including two home runs.
Both doubleheaders will be played at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with Sunday concluding West Liberty’s softball regular season. If the Black and Gold retake the fourth seed this weekend, the Lady Hilltoppers will play in the MEC Tournament, which begins May 4 in Salem, Va.
Be sure to grab next week’s issue of the Trumpet for a full tournament preview. Good luck to the softball team in their regular season finale!
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