Despite temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s, the Army West Point Softball team's bats had no issues warming up this past Saturday afternoon at Nationals Youth Park. The Black Knights topped Howard, 16-4, in five innings in their first game back after having their 2020 campaign cut short just over 11 months ago.
“After a year of canceled games and behind the scenes work, I couldn't have asked for a better reunion to competition,” firstie captain Megan Muffett said. “I'm so proud to be a part of a team with enough gratitude and humility to shovel an icy field to play just a couple innings of softball in freezing weather. The game is so much bigger than runs scored and plays made. It's about making the most of every opportunity with the people to your left and right. Army softball showed that today.”
Muffett was 2-for-4 from the plate and had four RBIs, largely due her three-run blast in the third inning. The La Center, Wash., native was one of three members to record a multi-hit game. Angelina Bebek was 3-for-3 from the dish in her collegiate debut and Taylor Drayton was 2-for-2.
Alicyn Grete pitched a combined four dominant innings on the mound. After allowing a hit against her first batter, she retired the next 12 batters she faced. The Niceville, Fla., native finished with nine strike outs on just 13 batters faced. Army held a 1-0 lead through the first two innings, thanks to an RBI single to right field off the bat of Drayton which scored Bebek in the top half of the first. The Cadets offense exploded for four runs in the third. After Ally Snelling had a sac fly to left which scored Bebek, Muffett sent a three-run blast over the center field wall to make it 5-0 Army. Read more.