BMC softball successful in opening tournament

After a successful opening-season tournament, Blue Mountain College returns to the softball diamond at the New Albany SportsPlex to take on Rust College in a doubleheader.
Playing for the first time in a tournament at Muscle Shoals, Ala., earlier this month, the Lady Toppers won their first game and tied their second. BMC beat Southwest College 14-5 in the opener and played to a 5-5 tie against Columbia State.
“It was a great weekend for us in terms of getting the program off to a successful start,” BMC coach Kevin Barefield said.
“But it’s been a couple of weeks now, and we’re ready to go again. Rust will be a good challenge for us, and we’re looking forward to playing our first home game at the SportsPlex.”
Several team “firsts” were recorded in the opening games: Brooke Denton got the first hit with a single in the first inning; Kaylee Thaxton scored the first run in the first inning; Shelby Jackson drove in the first run in the first inning; Kelsey Nelson got the first extra-base hit with a double in the third inning; and pitcher Meggin Nelson picked up the first win.
In the second game, Kaylee Thaxton got the first home run for the Lady Toppers.
The opening victory was, however, a costly win for the Lady Toppers.
They lost three players to injury in the first inning: Denton dislocated a finger, and Jackson and Halley Beckham each injured a knee.
Four other players also irritated injuries in the first game.
“I don’t even know what to say about the injuries,” Barefield said. “To have that many players hurt in so little time was a fluke. But I was really happy to see our team come together – they showed a lot of courage and resiliency.
“We’ve nursed our wounds pretty well the last couple of weeks, though, so we’ll be ready to play.”