The long-awaited debut of Trinity Baptist College softball happened on Saturday as the Lady Eagles traveled to West Palm Beach, Florida, for their first-ever game. The historic softball debut featured a double-header with Trinity playing the Seahawks of Keiser University.
Although Keiser — an NAIA Sun Conference member — won both games (11-0, 11-4), a number of Eagles made TBC History as the first players to accomplish various tasks.
Lauren Lewis was Trinity’s first batter, and she laced a 1-0 fastball into center field for Trinity’s first hit.
Lena Springer was Trinity’s starting pitcher, and she retired the first batter she faced on foul pop up to third baseman Kayla Bass, who made the catch on the dive.
Here was the starting lineup in Trinity’s inaugural game:
1. Lauren Lewis, CF
2. Lena Springer, P
3. Courtney Byrd, C
4. Jade Jerez, 1B
5. Kayla Bass, 3B
6. Heaven Crouse, SS
7. Cierra Warren, 2B
8. Dasia Shepherd, LF
9. Domanique Baldwin, RF
The Eagles used the same batting order, and Jerez was the starting pitcher for Game 2.
Bass scored the first run in TBC history when she crossed the plate as the ball got by the first baseman in the second inning of Game 2. Later in the inning, Baldwin picked up the first RBI in school history when she singled into center to drive home Crouse. Lewis’s RBI single into left allowed Warren to score and complete the three-run rally. At that point, Trinity led 3-2.
The experienced Seahawks, though, came away with the 11-4 win.
The Eagles will visit Ave Maria University for a double-header on Monday, February 5. They will play their next seven dates also on the road — five of them twin bills — and the first home game is a double-header with Ave Maria scheduled for March 6 at 1:00 p.m. EST.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC
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