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Mighty Ball Busters Softball Season

By , Posted September 2, 2016

“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” — Jim Valvano, former North Carolina State Basketball Coach

“Some time, Rock, when the team is up against it, when things are wrong and the breaks are beating the boys, ask them to go in there with all they’ve got and win just one for the Gipper.” — George Gipper, former Notre Dame Football Player (This quote was given in a halftime speech to Notre Dame’s team from former Head Coach Knute Rockne)

It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” — Vince Lombardi, former Green Bay Packers Head Coach

“You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.” — Herb Brooks, Head Coach of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” US Olympic Men’s Hockey Team

“It ain’t over till it’s over.” — Yogi Berra, former New York Yankees Catcher

Well, Mr. Rockne, Mr. Lombardi, Mr. Brooks, and Mr. Berra… we tried. We really did. Your quotes were inspiring, and we appreciate that, but we couldn’t do it. We almost did it.

And, by “it,” do we mean won the championship? Nope. Made the playoffs? Nope. Hit a walk-off home run? Nope. Won a single game? Yes.

The Mighty Ball Busters now share something in common with the 2008 Detroit Lions, the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the 2000, 2001, and 2006 Duke Blue Devils football teams. We did not win a game. It’s not like we weren’t competitive. The final two games of the season were decided in the final inning, where we lost on walk-off hits.

But you know what? We had one heck of a time during our first softball season.

From making an appearance on the news (can any other team say that? I don’t think so! That’s a W in our book!), to wearing some fabulous, bright, construction-orange t-shirts, to having just a few “sodas” and “cups of Jell-O” — the inaugural season was a memorable one.

How memorable? Well, let’s take a look at some unforgettable moments from the 2016 MBB+ Softball Season.

We’ll be back next year. And we’re going to win a game. Mark our words.

(Okay, we’re going to try our best… No guarantees about winning, let’s not get carried away.)

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