They Played Like Champions
McDaniel softball took the Centennial Conference championship May 6 with a 9-0, six-inning victory over second-seeded Washington College to claim its third tournament title, sixth overall and first since 2004.
Led by three seniors and a grad student offensively in the title game, the Green Terror (30-14) became just the fourth top seed in the 12 tournaments to hold serve and win the title on its own field. McDaniel was also the first team to record a run-rule victory in the championship game.
Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Year Caroline Brehm shattered the program and conference record for strikeouts (377). She also broke the record for wins (24), complete games (30) and shutouts (11). Second team all-conference players Jordan Beans, Tracy Davis and Jackie Liebowitz were among the offensive catalysts for the team. Davis and Rachel Sidney both hit better than .330 with more than 30 hits on the season. In total, five Green Terror starters finished the season with 30 or more hits.
Brehm (pictured left) led the Green Terror to a third-place finish in the Newport News NCAA Division III softball regional with her right arm in the circle, pitching all five games and 44 innings over four days. She struck out 60 batters and limited opponents to a .174 batting average.
Both she and outfielder Amy Baumgardner earned spots on the 13-member all-tournament team and Brehm was later named to the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-East region second team.