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The loss of Kara Dornbos, above, leaves the CMU softball pitching staff big shoes to fill. (File Photo | Chuck Miller)

Softball opens 2014 season with key returners, young outfield

  Softball will look to repeat its successful 2013 Mid-American Conference campaign with a strong roster returning to fill the gaps left by graduated players. In the 2013 season, the Chippewas finished 33-20 overall, winning 15 games against conference opponents. […]
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Softball team participates in ‘Have a Heart’ for 19th consecutive year

This Valentine’s Day will mark the 19th year softball has participated in the “Have a Heart” program in conjunction with the Isabella County Commission on Aging. Since 1995, the team has helped distribute “Have a Heart” boxes to older county residents […]
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Softball takes second in tournament to finish fall season

The last weekend of the fall season was full of ups and downs for the softball team at the Traverse City West Collegiate Softball Tournament. Central Michigan joined Michigan, Western Michigan and Oakland last weekend for a two-day tournament.  The […]
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Softball looking to grow at Traverse City tournament

Softball hopes to build on its successful fall exhibitions this weekend at the Traverse City West Collegiate Softball Tournament. The four-team tournament will feature three, five-inning games of round-robin play on Saturday. Teams will then be ranked based on their […]
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Strong pitching guides Chippewas in fall play

Pitching has led the way for softball during the fall exhibition schedule. The Chippewas pitching staff has allowed a total of three runs through three games in the fall. This fall, four players have stepped into the circle for the […]
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Sophomore infielder Chelsea DeLamielleure warms up for a doubleheader against Grand Valley State Sunday afternoon at Margo Jonker Stadium. (Gregory Cornwell/Staff Photographer)

Softball takes both games in GVSU double header; stays perfect in fall exhibitions

Softball continued its winning ways during thefall exhibitions by beating Grand Valley State 3-0 and 2-0 in a doubleheader Sunday afternoon. The Chippewas had plenty of opportunities to score during both games, but were only able to capitalize on a […]
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Freshman Rachael Knapp starts fall exhibition; throws two scoreless innings

Softball has plenty of options to fill the hole left by former pitcher Kara Dornbos, who graduated last spring, and one of those options is freshman Rachael Knapp. The first year from Jenison, Mich., started Wednesday’s fall exhibition against Northwood […]
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Chippewas rout Northwood 9-2 in opening fall exhibition

Chippewas rout Northwood 9-2 in opening fall exhibition

Softball started its fall exhibition games with a 9-2 win against Northwood. Thanks to a big third and fourth inning, the Chippewas were able to score eight unanswered runs. Offensively, CMU was led by a troop of veteran players including […]
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On April 20, senior pitcher Kara Dornbos delivers a pitch during the game against Toledo at Margo Jonker Stadium. Dronbos pitched all seven innings allowing only three hits as the Chippewas beat Toledo 3-0 to for their seventh straight victory. (File Photo by Chuck Miller)

Senior Kara Dornbos finishes impressive career in the circle for softball

Senior pitcher Kara Dornbos came into the Mid-American Conference Tournament with the third-best ERA on the softball team, but she finished the tournament with championship and tournament MVP honors. She now leaves the MAC champion Chippewas behind with an impressive […]
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Departing seniors pave way for bright future for softball

Veteran leadership is something the 2013 softball team certainly didn’t lack, and it led them to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004. The bulk of that leadership came from the seniors: pitcher Kara Dornbos and outfielders Macy […]
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Softball is eliminated by Valpo 7-4 in NCAA regionals

Softball is eliminated by Valpo 7-4 in NCAA regionals

Leaving runners on base, walks and errors will come back to haunt you in softball. Central Michigan felt the wrath of all three on Saturday as it fell to Valparaiso 7-4 to end the season in the NCAA tournament. “Our […]
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Senior pitcher Kara Dornbos delivers a pitch Friday afternoon during their first first game against the California Golden Bears in the NCAA tournament at the Wilpon Baseball and Softball Complex: Alumni Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dornbos pitched 4.2 innings and gave up four walks and four earned runs. (Christiana Kurtz/Staff Photographer)

Home runs doom softball in NCAA opening game 8-1 loss Cal

Early on, it looked like senior pitchers Kara Dornbos and California’s Jolene Henderson were going to be locked into a pitchers duel. After Central Michigan softball took a 1-run lead in the fourth inning, the Golden Bears answered with a three spot in […]


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