Lion seniors take the wheel


Beth Hammons

Senior Shelby Romines

Four seniors will step on to Lea Kungle Field for the final time as players on Tuesday, April 22 for a doubleheader against Rogers State.

Those seniors include all-time Missouri Southern homerun leader Dawn Grass, as well as Shelby Romines, Chloe Brown and Brooklyn Farrell.

The softball team’s final home conference game was against Neb.-Kearney last Saturday.

This also served as Senior Day for the outgoing players. The four players performed well on their day, combining to go 5-for-12 with five runs and four runs batted in.

“It felt great to play as a team and have a good outing on senior day,” said Brown. “I couldn’t have asked for a better day.”

The team went on to win the game 10-2.

In their most recent series, the Lions split a double-header with William Jewell.

The Lions won the first of the two games 3-2. Grass and Romines provided the spark the Lions needed by driving in all three runs.

In the second, the Lions dropped a nail-biter by a score of 9-8.

Sophomore pitcher Haley Kinnison struggled to find the zone in the game, giving up seven walks and seven runs in two and two-thirds innings.

For some of the seniors, it’s hard to believe their college careers are nearing an end.

“It still doesn’t feel real that it’s my senior year and I’ll be done soon. I feel like it’s going to hit me all at once during our very last game of the season,” said Brown.

With just six games remaining and only two of those at home, the team hopes to go out with a bang.

Farrell said, “I just hope the girls can remember why we started playing this sport in the first place and play every game like it’s our last.”