Softball program hosts Fall Festival and Fall Classic
The Murray State College softball team opened its fall season earlier in the month by hosting the first ever MSC Fall Festival and the MSC Fall Classic. Each tournament was a two-day event with games played on both Saturday and Sunday at the Johnston County Sports Complex.
Teams who participated in the MSC Fall Festival were: Murray State College; Texas Fusion Gold, Milligan – DFW, Texas; Texas Fusion, Bryson – Dallas, Texas; Texas Glory Gold, Wilson – Dallas, Texas; Black Widows Gold – Dallas, Texas; Team Alliance Gold – Ft. Worth, Texas.
Teams who participated in the MSC Fall Classic were: Murray State College, Grayson College, Eastern Oklahoma State College, Alamo City No Fear, Gold – San Antonio, Texas; Dallas Tigers, Gold – Dallas, Texas; USA Select Gold – North and Central Texas; American Freedom, Drain – North Texas.
Over the two weekends, the Murray State softball team outscored its opponents 60 to 39 runs. Offensively the Aggies hit 4 home runs, including a game ending grand slam. Head Coach Marie Stone says the team played solid defense over both weekends behind the all-freshman pitching staff.
Coach Stone says these weekends are valuable tools for the team.
“Hosting these tournament-style events are great for our softball program,” she says. “We are able to play six games each weekend, evaluate our team, and recruit future Aggie softball student-athletes.”
Over the two weekends the softball team gave campus tours and hosted around 135 high school student-athletes. Each travel team is composed of approximately 15 players from different locations and high schools.
“Our goal for the future is to continue to grow our MSC Fall Festival to include up to 20 travel teams during the weekend, along with our own college team,” says Stone. “Over time we would like our MSC Fall Classic to become a Junior College only tournament.”
Murray State returns five sophomores from last year, with four additional sophomores transferring in from other 4- and 2-year college softball programs. Eleven new freshmen students also join the team for this season.
Looking ahead to the rest of the fall season, and into the spring, Stone says she’s excited at what she sees in her team.
“This year we expect to have much more depth in every position,” says Stone. “Many of the players joining our program have very strong and accomplished backgrounds from high school softball and with their competitive travel ball programs. We are very excited about the possibilities for this season.”