The Mercyhurst University North East girls softball team is heading to Nationals in Mississippi after a two week winning streak at regionals and districts. On April 30, MNE hosted the regionals and the team played in Rhode Island for districts on May 7 and won both games.
This will be the eighth year in a row that MNE softball has gone to Nationals.
In the District Tournament, MNE lost to County College of Morris in the first game. “That meant we had to win three games in a row and that’s what happened,” said MNE softball coach, Brian Dewey. “We beat Morris twice on Sunday with scores of 5-4 and 12-0 in the last game. Kiersten Coho pitched both games and got the wins. Emily Foy homered for us in the last game.”
As their eighth year heading to Nationals, the team is ready to make a positive impact. “I think we have the team that’ll do some real damage at Nationals,” said Dewey. “Our pitching has been solid all year and when our hitters are hot, we can hit with anyone in the county.”
The MNE softball pitcher Kiersten Coho has had an amazing season, along with the catcher, Emily Foy who has been the most clutch hitter for the team. “Those two have done a great job, but really the entire team has contributed to our success and wouldn’t be where we are without them,” said Dewey.
“This season was a roller coaster ride,” said Dewey. “We started off slow, only winning five games in Florida. We had a losing record but when we got back, we made some changes to our approach and it really paid off. We lost 11 games in Florida and have only lost five since then. We were able to pull through because the kids expect to win. Our culture is set and players know their goals up front.”