BC softball season comes to an end

Sophomores 2014The Bellevue College softball team has recently finished their season. While they did not win an NWAACC championship, they still went far in league play and had a stellar season. The team finished the year 16-4 in conference play while being 28-15 in season play which earned the Bulldogs a second place finish in the North Division.
Coach Leah Francis was happy with her team’s performance but was not thrilled with where her team finished the season at, “I feel like we had a good season.  We had some great games.  But we also came short of our goals as a whole.  We were one game short of winning the North Region title and didn’t perform as well as we would have liked at the NWAACC tournament.” While the team did not finish with an NWAACC trophy in hand, they came incredibly close and never stopped competing the whole way. “I think we did a very good job against the 4-year schools, going 4-1 against them.  In addition, we played great against Douglas, the team that ultimately won the north region, beating them 3 out of 4 times, including sweeping them at home this year,” said Francis.
Pitcher Brielle Bray was one of the team’s captains and  MVPs as she was awarded the NWAACC North Region Pitcher of the Year: “I think I contributed clutch at bats as well as pitching to this team. As a captain, I believe I led this team by example very well both on the field and in the classroom as I was also awarded Academic All-NWAACC this year.” She is going to miss playing for the BC Bulldogs but she is now getting ready to take her game to the next level, “I think I’m going to really miss this team and our family dynamic that we’ve built. In addition to that, I am going to miss our coaching staff. Prior to BC, I had never experienced coaches that were as knowledgeable about the sport and caring toward each individual. I’ve just recently made the decision to continue playing because I’m just not ready to stop yet. I will be doing so at Central Washington University. I’m really excited to continue playing and looking forward to new opportunities there, as well as becoming a Wildcat.”
There were several players on the team who received NWAACC awards for their excellence. Pitcher Brielle Bray was awarded NWAACC North Region pitcher of the year and Academic All-NWAACC, Lauren Burchak was named an NWAACC All-American, while Halee Ross, Taylor Pottschmidt and Taylor Turner all earned All-League awards for their outstanding level of play throughout the season. Many girls took home well deserved awards for their play over the course of a successful season.
While the 2013-2014 season has come to a close, the Bellevue College Bulldogs gave a good run at the title this year but fell just short. Now, coach Francis is looking forward to getting next year’s team ready for a brand new championship run: “Going into next year, our goals, as they are every year, are to win the North Region Title and winning an NWAACC Championship.  We will work hard and make the necessary changes and adjustments to move towards meeting those goals for next year.”