BY MICHAEL HELD
PRINCETON—The Princeton softball team had the number 12 in mind as the Bulldogs began play last week with a pair of non-conference games.
Princeton has won 11 consecutive conference titles and wants to make it an even dozen this year. To do so, veteran coach Terry Braswell will lean upon the leadership of a strong core of four seniors, who all offer plenty and showcased their abilities in a blowout victory to open up the season.
The Bulldogs opened up the season last Wednesday night with an 11-2 win over Hunt. Senior Brianna Myers was 3-of-4 with seven runs driven in. Her night included two bases-clearing doubles.
Myers wasn’t the only one doing damage as fellow seniors Megan Bryant, Casey Mitchell and Emily Ricks featured prominently in the win.
Mitchell, who along with freshman Gracelyn Massey will be asked to do the bulk of the pitching this season, was up to the task against the Warriors as Mitchell allowed just five hits and the two unearned runs in five innings of work. She also struck out six and walked none.
Bryant drove in two runs and was 2-of-4 at the plate while Ricks added an RBI single.
“I’ve got four seniors and I look for all of them to lead,” said Braswell. “They’ve all got good bats and we’ll just look at them to lead the way.”
The four seniors definitely stood out in the opening win but many players made contributions and will continue to be asked to do so for the remainder of the season.
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