Finn cracks hit No. 100 in suspended game


Traci Finn

Jacqueline Finn becomes the second member of the softball team’s 100 hits club.

Sapphire McCready, Sports Editor

It might have been frustrating for senior Jacqueline Finn because she didn’t get her 100th hit during the first game of the season, a 2-1 loss to West Branch, but then again, no one did.  The Lady Blue Devils had just two hits and struck out 17 times.

Yesterday though Finn got No. 100 hit against Juniata Valley.

Finn collected her milestone hit by smacking the ball off the right-center field fence for a double.  Finn is the second player in program history to reach the 100-hit plateau. Emily Nagle got No. 100 last season.

Finn feels a lot better now that she finally got the accomplishment out of the way.

“It feels good to get it off my back,” she said. “As much as I didn’t want to think about it while I was up to bat, it was hard not to. Now I can go up to bat with a clear head.”

The game was suspended in the third inning with the Lady Devils up 9-4, so the statistics from the game won’t technically be official until the game is completed when JV comes to Bellwood for the make-up. But when that game is in the books, hit No. 100 will be the one against the Hornets.

Finn said, “I know it’s not technically official yet, but in my head it is.  While it won’t go in the record books until next month, I know it happened yesterday.”

“Jacqueline Finn has always worked hard to be the best she could be,” said softball coach Jim Payne. “On and off the field, J. Finn, as we call her, is a top notch person! Jacqueline deserves all the accolades that come her way! She is a leader, a player, an above all a teammate! Bellwood softball is pleased to have had girls like her be a part of our tradition!”

The game will be resumed on April 21.

The Blue Devils record still remains at 0-1.