The Women’s Softball team beat Shenandoah University on Monday, April 29, in an 8-6 victory in the 2013 Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship game at the James I. Moyer Athletic Complex.
The Marlins and Hornets played a 19 inning game, which lasted for four hours and 45 minutes. The length of the game broke the ODAC record for the most innings played, which was last set in 2000 by Roanoke College and Wisconsin-Eau Claire in a 15-inning contest.
Women’s Head Softball Coach Brandon Elliott knew the length of the game could have easily gotten the best of his team.
“Obviously it is grueling in any sport to play such a long game,” said Elliott. “We basically played three games rolled into one.”
Senior second baseman Kelly Keys feels that her team did exceptionally well throughout the duration of the game.
“It was mentally as well as physically exhausting, but as a team we just had to tough it out,” said Keys.
Junior shortstop Andrea Shannon said that her coaches helped to keep the team’s morale up, despite the exhaustion from the game.
“Coach Elliott is our backbone,” she said.
Elliott provided support throughout the game, despite losing a comfortable lead in the 12th inning.
“We didn’t know the game was ours until the last inning was made,” said Elliott. “In the 12th inning we were up 6-2, but then they came back. Because of that we didn’t know when the game was going to end, but after we hit a home run in the 19th, we were pretty sure we were going to win.”
Although Coach Elliott was unsure about when or how the game would end, Keys felt confident as her team went into the last inning.
“At the beginning of the 19th inning, I said, ‘We’re ending this now!’” said Keys.
530 pitches, 32 hits and 153 plate appearances into the game, the Marlins claimed victory over the Shenandoah Hornets and brought home the Softball ODAC trophy.
“The credit for the game goes to the players,” said Elliott. “All of the work which they put into the offseason, and during the season, both physically and mentally, really paid off. We had one of the best bunches of dedicated girls ever.”
The team’s next stop is the Regionals in Roanoke, but they do not plan on stopping there.
“We are not done yet,” said Elliott. “This is just another step in the right direction on the road to win a national championship.”
Say hello to the dynamic duo for next year: Steven Bond and Thomas Mills, our newly elected Student Government Association (SGA) president and vice president, who will bring personality and strength to the student body.
Newly elected President Bond is known around campus for being very personable. Whenever you see him he will always say hello and give everyone a welcoming smile. He really enjoys being around others.
Vice President Mills is known for his reserved, yet influential presence.
Mills describes himself as “a pretty quiet person by nature.” But he will definitely make his presence known if he doesn’t agree with something.
“I like to observe and formulate my thoughts before I do something. However, I am very engaging and I always stand up for what I believe in,” said Mills. “If there’s something being said in a meeting that I don’t agree with, I make sure my voice is heard.”
Bond, a double major in Political Science and Mathematics, is extremely driven and determined.
“After VWC, I plan on attending law school,” replied Bond when asked about his aspirations for the future. “My main goal though is to get into politics. I would love to become an elected official and serve the people.”
Mills is a Communication major with a minor in Business.
A lover of photography and graphic design, Mills will never run out of great ideas for SGA and events next year due to his creative nature.
Now that they made it through elections, the two are already working hard on plans for the upcoming semester. They want to improve communication on campus between students and administration because they, as Mills said, “feel that sometimes there is a disconnect that can be improved.”
“We plan on improving communication between the students by utilizing social media, like [Twitter] and Facebook,” said Bond. “Also, we would like to execute a plan, so that we can have a big calendar put in an area that sees a lot of student activity (like the Grille) that shows all the events going on a certain day.”
“Something that I would like to improve on is the relevance of SGA on this campus,” said Mills. “I feel that SGA is only reaching a small portion of the population that goes here. Reaching out to everyone on campus is a top priority for me. I want everyone from student athletes, regular students, and even faculty to know who we are and what we do.”
“[I’m] dedicated and motivated to work for the students,” said Bond. “I know these are only words, but I want to put these words into action. I want my executive board and senators to keep me accountable for all I do.”
Both leaders are striving for excellence and great new school year.
“I am an exceptionally dedicated person. Once I start something, I have to see it through, for better or for worse,” said Mills. “I am also not afraid to own up to my mistakes. If something that I do goes wrong, I will stand up and say it was my fault, no questions asked.”
“Stand up for what you believe in and for what the students believe in,” said senior and former SGA President Jenee Johnson.
Whatever this dynamic duo decides to do and the projects they start, our school is in great hands.
Recreation, mentorship and meaningful relationships are just some of the traits that Mini Marlins, a student led service project, has to offer its participants. Tracy Stevenson started the project in the fall 2010, after having visited various shelters on Marlins Make a Difference Day as an after school recreational time for children at family shelters. The program has since evolved over the last two years into a community building partnership with Enoch Baptist Church serving the Enoch Christian Academy aftercare program students.
“Enoch is a player in helping to meet the needs of our neighbors in the community,” said Director of Community Service Diane Hotaling. “We partner with them and the city. [Mini Marlins] meets their staffing needs and gives them the chance to watch young people in service.”
The program has been continued under the direction of junior and Recreation and Leisure Studies major Katie Giwa-Osagie who has been very invested in the Community Service Office since her freshman year.
“I do it because it gives me an opportunity to use what I learned in my major,” said Giwa-Osagie. “Volunteering is an experience everyone should have. You learn about yourself and meet great people.”
Mini Marlins will continue to serve the community as this semester closes and the fall semester approaches. If you are interested in being a part of the Mini Marlins team, contact Diane Hotaling or Giwa-Osagie in the Community Service Office.