MGCCC softball takes fourth place in Nationals

After making a head coaching change just a half-dozen games into the season, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College softball program had every excuse to be done playing a couple weeks ago.

The Lady Bulldogs juiced every bit of that orange and peeled off some history in the process.

Today, their run through the NJCAA Division II National Championships came to an end in the form of a five-inning 11-1 loss to Louisburg.

Gulf Coast probably just ran out of gas after playing six games in four days including a school record four tournament wins.

Three of those came in a two-day span after losing to Jones on Wednesday, leaving the Bulldogs as the fourth-place team coming out of the big dance, their second-best finish in program history.

Legendary Coach Kenneth Long came out of retirement to see this whole thing through and he did just that. “This team exceeded any expectation that anybody had. You good with that? This team exceeded everything. You guys have done a great job. The history of Gulf Coast softball has never been represented as well as it’s been with this team right here. You’ve represented us, all those wins. I think about all those comebacks. This game doesn’t define us. But those comebacks and those wins, all that stuff, the memories we made together were awesome. They were awesome. I can’t be any more proud.”

The Lady Bulldogs wrap up the 2021 season with an overall record of 37-16.

Categories: Local Sports, Sports