By Steven Martinez, senior
With the Falcon softball team splitting wins on Tuesday with Bethany College, the question remains, who will be the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference champion?
The Falcons had a big-time opportunity on Tuesday to become the 2011 KCAC champs. If the Falcons had swept Bethany, the KCAC championship banner would have belonged to Friends University once again, but after losing the first game 6-4, the Falcons knew it would come down to the outcome of the conference tournament next week even though they won the second game against Bethany 5-2.
The Falcons have drawn the No. 3 seed for the KCAC tournament. That means the Falcons are ranked third in the conference standings as Ottawa University (26-15 overall) and Bethany (23-25 overall) are tied for the one and two spots with a 12-4 conference record. The Falcons ended with an 11-5 conference record (29-13 overall).
“We have grown together as a whole, and going into the conference tourney, we have great confidence and determination to give our coach and seniors another conference title,” said Cheyenne Stewart, junior outfielder.
The Falcons are confident that they will beat Kansas Wesleyan (8-8 in conference) in the first round of the tournament, which would then lead to facing off against Ottawa University.
“Then once we beat them we'll play the winner of Bethany College versus McPherson,” said Stewart.
The Falcon’s next game will be the first and second rounds of the conference tournament Wednesday and Thursday, May 4 and 5, at the Falcons’ home field against Kansas Wesleyan (May 4) and Ottawa University (May 5).
“These girls play the game to win and enjoy themselves while in between the lines, and this tournament should not be any different for them with a title on the line,” said Head Softball Coach Tony Segovia.