There was pressure. Plenty of it, indeed. The pulsing sound of nerves could be heard all over Hanover, New Hampshire.
There's been a feeling around the Ball State softball community in recent years that the Mid-American Conference Tournament wasn't right. Twice the Cardinals won the league's regular season and twice they failed to win the tourney.
The softball doubleheader is over. The scrapes still burn. The muscle fatigue has its own pain. The tiredness in the head is also there.
HAMMOND | Brittany Anderson's older sister, Kaylyn, is still deciding where she'll go to college after she graduates in the spring.
On Saturday, Alexis Holloway became the second pitcher at Crown Point to verbally commit to a Division I college as a ninth grader.
UNION TWP. | Dealing with opposing hitters was a breeze compared to the pressure Nickole Finch felt when she pitched in front of college coaches last season.
CHICAGO | When it comes to thriving under pressure, the Valparaiso softball team sure knows how to deliver.
VALPARAISO | Kat Ranieri can’t pinpoint the moment when she stopped feeling like a freshman, but the Valparaiso newcomer has a newfound confidence heading into the postseason.
VALPARAISO | Jessie Marinec has been through plenty of speed bumps in her softball career that have forced her to cherish every opportunity she has to take the field.
Last season's records in parentheses
Tiffany Gibson can't wait for her second season.
Katie Crandol hoped to be a college softball player when she was little. That's the dream of many kids.
HAMMOND | Dave Griffin has been a name synonymous with baseball in Northwest Indiana for two decades.
Beecher softball star Savannah Soppet said it was not a hard choice to continue her academic and athletic career at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Portage's Hodges signs with Southern Indiana Portage High School catcher Haley Hodges recently signed her national letter of intent to play softball at the University of Southern Indiana. Hodges was an All-State First Team selection and the Duneland Athletic Conference co-MVP last season. As…
VALPARAISO | The legend of Angie Doerffler took on a life of its own Saturday as the Valparaiso sophomore hit her first career home run and then delivered back-to-back walk-off hits to send the Crusaders to their first NCAA tournament.
Michelle Venturella knows competing in Division I softball is a tough go for a mid-major school like Illinois-Chicago, but she won't let that be an excuse.
VALPARAISO | After leading Merrillville to an IHSAA state title in 1997, Leslie Malerich went on to break nearly every pitching record at Florida State and star for the Italian national team in the 2004 Olympics.
Both players wear No. 1 for their respective teams. Both of the region standouts come from the same small-school high school conference.
After a whirlwind day, the Valparaiso University softball team is the top-remaining seed in the Horizon League tournament but still has plenty of work to do to bring home a championship.
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