A warm sun and a slight breeze drove fans to get out of the house on Saturday, Sept. 23, after a gloomy, rainy week to support the Bronco softball team. Boise State faced No. 3 ranked University of Washington at Dona Larsen Park in their second exhibition game of the fall season.
Though the team was defeated by the Huskies 13-1, Boise State managed to show their enthusiasm for the season when a “Boise State” chant started in the dugout near the end of the game.
The afternoon revealed many opportunities for the young team to show their skills, including five different pitching performances from the strong defense. Sophomore Kelsey Broadus, freshman Gianna Mancha, freshman Tori Bivens, sophomore Micaela Leal and redshirt senior Paige Reimann all contributed to the serious heat coming from the mound.
There were multiple exhilarating defensive plays from the team, including a home run robbery by sophomore left fielder Elaina Mayer in the third inning, and quick snags from senior Madison Anthony at third base. On top of a stellar defense, the Broncos’ offense contributed applause-worthy hits, such as doubles from Karlee Johnson, Justene Molina and Jessica McKay.
The ballpark was filled with spectators, from young softball players to loyal fans, all watching from the berm behind the outfield fence.
In a video posted by the Boise State Softball team’s Facebook page, head coach Cindy Ball said, “thank you Bronco Nation for coming out today, it was great to see so many fans and we are excited to continue our fall season.”
The Broncos return to Dona Larsen Park on Sunday, Oct. 1 to battle College of Idaho and are hoping even more fans attend.