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Columbia College says farewell to softball field with doubleheader sweep

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | 9:21 p.m. CDT; updated 9:41 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 20, 2012

COLUMBIA — Last year, Valerie Teter broke her nose in the final softball game of her career at Columbia College. 

Now a student assistant for the Cougars, Teter was reflecting on the best and worst of her softball playing days. From the painful ball she took in the face to her first home run against conference rival Williams Baptist, they all happened at the Cougar Softball Field, which will be demolished later this year.

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"So many games run together after you've played here for four years," Teter said. 

The Cougars played for the last time at Cougar Softball Field on Tuesday in a doubleheader sweep of Missouri Valley.

The Cougars beat the Vikings 1-0 in the first game. Chelsie Crain scored the lone run after hitting a single in the third inning. Sophomore Taylor Richter threw a perfect game in Columbia College's 9-0 five-inning Game 2 victory.

Cougar Softball Field, which was built in 1982, will be replaced by a new science center, forcing the team to relocate to the Antimi Sports Complex in Cosmopolitan Park. The field has undergone changes to make the transition easier. A new shed, a bullpen and bigger dugouts are among the renovations made by Columbia College.

Before becoming the Cougars coach in 1994, Wendy Spratt was an NAIA All-American shortstop for Columbia College. 

"After 18 years of coaching, it's kind of hard to see it go," Spratt said.

The Cougars (9-9) will resume American Midwest Conference play at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hannibal-LaGrange.


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