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Softball continues to break records

Andrew Jones

Student Sports Media

When you hear of the Butler Grizzlies in the NJCAA, you think of your worst fears and all of the things that keep you up at night.

Butler softball is one of Butler’s most successful sports programs of the decade. Butler broke the school’s run record this year, 26-0, against Colby Community College.

The softball team is 35-2 this season, which is a record that not many can claim. The team has a total of 452 runs and 1,058 at bats. The team also has 105 doubles, 16 triples and 71 home runs. Assistant Coaches Kenzie Young and Morgan Bohanan are former Grizzlies, and they are led by Head Coach Doug Chance. One of the losses this year was against Trinity Valley Community College in San Antonio Texas. The other loss was from North Central Texas College out of Denison, Texas. As far as teams in the NJCAA, Butler dominates with nothing but wins from in-conference play.

Chance is in his 17th season with the Grizzlies. Chance won his 600th game against Dodge City in 2018. Chance is supportive of his players on and off the field by watching their grades. Butler softball has led the Jayhawk Conference in GPA four times (2008,09,12,13). Chance comes from Wichita East where he was the head coach of the aces in 2004. In 2017, Chance led Butler to set records in many of categories. These were conference wins in a season (24), overall wins (58), most consecutive wins (88) and fewest loses in a season (1).

Young was awarded All American Honors by the National Fastpitch Coach Association, and she is one of four Butler alumni to receive all American in both seasons at Butler. She finished her collegiate career at North Texas last spring.

Bohanan started her collegiate career at the University of Kansas and transferred to Butler where she played 52 games while playing at first and third base. After Butler, she went on to play at Creighton.

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