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Bethel softball had a lot of local flavor, plus more on former prep stars

The Bethel University softball team had many familiar faces for area fans on the roster this season.

The Mishawaka-based Pilots featured seven former area prep players from a total of six area high school programs during the 2024 edition.

The Bethel team included a pair of former Clay High School stars in Desiree Boone and Hailey Wolf. The pair of freshmen were both standouts for Clay coach Katie Rodriguez.

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Boone, an infielder, and Wolf, a catcher, both saw limited playing time for the Pilots in their first collegiate seasons for the NAIA program. Boone hit .364 in 11 at-bats with three RBI. Wolf hit .316 in 19 at bats and also drove in three runs.

Clay shortstop Desiree Boone during the Penn vs.  Girls clay softball game Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at Penn High School in Mishawaka.Clay shortstop Desiree Boone during the Penn vs.  Girls clay softball game Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at Penn High School in Mishawaka.

Clay shortstop Desiree Boone during the Penn vs. Girls clay softball game Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at Penn High School in Mishawaka.

The Pilots roster also included junior Emily Kidwell (Adams), sophomore Alyssa Forys (New Prairie), junior Hannah Goldsborough (Elkhart), freshman Harmony Looney (Penn) and freshman Averie Markel (Edwardsburg).

Kidwell hit .229 with one double and one triple and had eight RBI. Forys hit .245 and had four doubles to go with a triple and 13 RBIs. Goldsborough batted .256 and had two doubles and 13 RBIs. Looney hit .273 with one triple, two home runs and five RBIs and was also 1-16 in 18 starts as a pitcher with an ERA of 6.21. Markel hit .255 with a double, a home run and nine RBIs.

Bethel’s local ties start at the top with head coach Natalie Newell. Newell was a prep star at Goshen High School and went on to earn All-American honors several times during her collegiate career as a standout pitcher for the Pilots. Newell played at Bethel from 2011-2015.

Bethel finished 8-41 overall this spring and 4-32 in the Crossroads League.

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Erin Coffel (Bremen) is wrapping up a record-breaking softball career at the University of Kentucky.

The senior shortstop, who holds the program record for home runs, was hitting .338 entering Tuesday night’s SEC Tournament opener. She had 12 doubles, 13 home runs and 33 RBIs.

Coffel, who led Bremen to a state title as a junior in 2019, had an on-base percentage of .542 and a slugging percentage of .722. Coffel, a 2023 All-American, entered postseason play with 68 home runs and 212 RBIs.

The No. 12 Wildcats were 30-21 during the regular season, including an 8-16 mark in SEC play.

Penn's Kiley Hinton (7) throws to first during the Penn vs. regional softball game.  Saint Joseph on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at the Northfield Athletic Complex in South Bend.Penn's Kiley Hinton (7) throws to first during the Penn vs. regional softball game.  Saint Joseph on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at the Northfield Athletic Complex in South Bend.

Penn’s Kiley Hinton (7) throws to first during the Penn vs. regional softball game. Saint Joseph on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at the Northfield Athletic Complex in South Bend.

Kiley Hinton (Penn) is a freshman infielder for the Austin Peay softball team.

The former Kingsmen star, who helped Penn win a Class 4A state title in 2023, had made 29 starts in postseason conference tournaments. She hit .179 with a double, two home runs, nine RBIs and 10 runs scored.

Hinton hit .421 with nine home runs, 38 RBIs and 39 runs scored her senior season at Penn.

Austin Peay scored 23-28 in ASUN Tournament play Tuesday night.

Caitlin Tighe (Edwardsburg) had a regular season finale to remember. The Western Michigan freshman hit her first collegiate homer in an 11-0 win over Bowling Green.

Tighe had collected twenty at bats through the end of the regular season with two hits and nine runs scored.

Tighe hit .414 with 25 home runs, 131 RBIs and 141 runs scored in her three-year career for the Eddies.

WMU went 27-20 overall and 16-8 in the MAC during the regular season. They were scheduled to play Ball State in the MAC Tournament on Wednesday night.

Brady Gumpf (Saint Joseph) is a key figure for the Notre Dame baseball team this spring.

Gumpf, a senior outfielder, had started 31 games. He hit .287 with six home runs to go with 11 doubles and 25 RBIs.

Gumpf helped St. Joe to a state title and his father John coached that state title team. Gumpf’s mother Deanna has been Notre Dame’s softball coach since 2002.

Davis Enfield (Northridge) was named Crossroads League Pitcher of the Week after recording two victories in the league tournament. The redshirt junior righthander struck out 11 in wins over Spring Arbor and Huntington. Enfield finished the season 5-0 with a 5.20 ERA with 49 strikeouts and 15 walks in 45 innings.

Kelly Ratigan (Saint Joseph) turned in a strong sophomore season on the hardwood for the Loyola Maryland women’s basketball team.

The 5-8 guard made 27 starts and averaged 31.4 minutes per game as Loyola went 16-15 for its best record in 14 years.

Ratigan averaged 8.4 points per game, ranking third on her team, with 2.4 rebounds per outing. She was first on the team with 53 treys. Ratigan averaged 6.0 ppg. as a freshman, when she made 19 starts.

Ratigan was an All-State performer in her senior season at St. Joe, when she averaged 24 points, 5.1 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game. She set the program’s career scoring record and was the NIC MVP.

Loyola went 10-8 in the Patriot League, its best mark since joining the conference in the 203-14 season.

Ratigan’s father Brian played football at Notre Dame, as did her older brother Conor.

Riley Hershberger (Northwood) won two events in the Crossroads League Outdoor Women’s Track Championships for her Bethel University team. She won the 100-meter title in 12.11 and the 200-meter crown in 24.81, qualifying for the NCCAA Championships in both events. Hershberger, a graduate student, helped Bethel finish third out of 10 teams in the conference.

This article originally appeared on the South Bend Tribune: The Bethel softball team featured some well-known South Bend names