Eqal and White Celebrate Their Senior Night

The softball senior Dawgs enjoy their senior night celebrations in the sun.

On May 12, the Dunbar softball team celebrated its seniors in one of their last home games of the year. The senior night game was against Bourbon County. Dunbar beat Bourbon County previously on Apr. 22 by a score of 5-2. 

This year the team only had two seniors, #7 Noor Eqal and #16 Elise White. Both seniors were starters for the team, with Eqal starting in the right field and Elise White holding down third base for the Bulldogs.

“A bittersweet feeling comes over me as I know that I only have a limited amount of time left to play with my teammates,” Noor Eqal said.

Being the only two seniors on the team, Eqal and White have a special bond and have brought something special to the team.

“Elise and Noor have been great additions to this team. Elise has done amazing at third and has a strong presence in the batter’s box. Noor has been such a positive upperclassman and is always ready when I need her,” Head Coach Shelby Shanks said.

The weather for the senior night could not have been any better as it was, with it being in the mid-80s and sunny throughout the entire game. 

The team decided to have senior night early, which worked nicely with the beautiful weather for the game. The Dawgs have six games left in the regular season. 

They are scheduled to compete in the Bart Rison Classic tournament this weekend against Montgomery County and Notre Dame at Montgomery County.

The southpaw #87 Macy Hyams got the start for the Bulldogs. She has been the main pitcher for the Dawgs throughout the year, having pitched 86.2 innings with an earned run average (ERA) of 6.62.

So far this season, #12 Tatum Golden has led the Dawgs in hitting. She has been red hot and has a team-leading .441 batting average this season. She also leads the team in runs scored, with her scoring 16 runs and racking up 5 doubles.

The team will get another chance to make some noise in the 43rd district tournament, where they will face off in a play-in game against Lexington Christian Academy for the right to take on #1 seed, Lexington Catholic.

“My biggest goal is to help my team win our last few games of this season,” Joslin Esparza said.

Macy Hyams went the distance for the Dawgs and finished the seventh inning after throwing 123 pitches. She gave up six runs, two of which were earned. 

The Dawgs’ sadly lost the game 6-2.

Tatum Golden had a stellar game as she went three for four with three singles and a run batted in (RBI) from the leadoff position.