RiverHawks softball prepares for Senior Day
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RiverHawks softball prepares for Senior Day


Austin Headlee

TNE Writer

The RiverHawks softball team prepares for senior day on Saturday, April 21, after finishing 3-3 against last week’s opponents. The team dropped three straight games, two against the Washburn University Ichabods and a single game against the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos, but finished with a win to end the week against the Broncos, 8-4.

“We pitched well and played good defense and it carried over into game two against UCO,” said Clay Davis, RiverHawks softball head coach. “Our offense will always give us a chance to win, so as long as we pitch well and play good defense I think we have a chance to beat anyone.”

The RiverHawks are 26-21 this season and 12-10 in conference play, and they are close to earning a 30-win season for only the third time in school history. The team will not be resting its starters for the rest of the season, as the team is attempting to achieve 30 wins, while individual players are trying to earn school records.

The RiverHawks will play another home doubleheader on Friday against the Pittsburg State University Gorillas before Senior Day on Saturday. Davis notes this is an extraordinary group of seniors that will be playing in their final regular season games on Saturday against the Missouri Southern State University Lions.

“This senior class is pretty special to me,” said Davis. “I could go on and on about each of them, but Paige (Gann) and Jessica (Boone) have been with me since day one. They started their careers with me and have been the backbone of this program. Both will leave here with multiple records and multiple conference accolades. This senior class is definitely special and will be one we talk about for a long time.”

Gann, senior first baseman from Muskogee, and Boone, senior outfielder from Sapulpa, have each played for the RiverHawks for four years. Being a RiverHawk and building the softball program has been important to both seniors.

“Being a RiverHawk means a lot,” said Gann. “We’ve been here since the beginning with coach Davis and formed this program the way we intended it to be. It means a lot because we can look back at this program we built.”

The seniors have helped Davis build the program and set it up for success for the future. The seniors have shown veteran leadership at all levels of the game.

“I have a freshman and a sophomore next to me in the outfield, so I talk to them in between innings,” said Boone. “If the freshman has a bad at bat I tell her ‘Hey, it’s a learning experience. You’re alright.’ I make sure she has her head up because she’s going to be one of the great players and I let them know she’s going to be one of the leaders going forward, even next season.”

The seniors have set an example for the lowerclassmen. They have shown the players how to be leaders of the team for the years going forward. 

“Overall, we try to set an example for the lower classmen,” said Gann. “We show them how a leader should be on and off the field.”

The softball team is a close group that has been together every day during their collegiate career. Their bond goes beyond the time they play on the field.

“I will remember being together every single day, I’ll remember that for the rest of my life,” said Gann. “I don’t remember a lot of thing on the field, I’ll remember big wins and stuff like that, but that stuff doesn't really matter to me. I’ll remember hanging out with my team forever.”

Senior Day starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at RiverHawks Park. The RiverHawks will face the Lions for the final game of the regular season before advancing to the MIAA Tournament on April 26 in Oklahoma City.  



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