The Bryan College softball team was scheduled to play Auburn Montgomery Wednesday in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. However, due to heavy rainfall and continued inclement weather in Montgomery, Ala., the championship game of the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round – Auburn Montgomery bracket has been rained out. The NAIA requires each Opening Round champion to be determined by Wednesday. Based on the pre-established inclement weather policy for all NAIA Opening Round sites, the Warhawks were deemed the champions as the highest-seeded undefeated team. Therefore, the Lions season has come to an unfortunate end.
The Lions had a tremendous run in to the tournament. Not only was this their first time to make the National Tournament Opening Round, but they won two games. The softball team ends the season with an overall record of 31-23, the best record in the programs short history.
Bryan Head Coach Rocky Stinson stated, "You hate that the game isn't left up to the girls to win or lose, but to nature herself. It is tough leaving Montgomery with 'what ifs' and 'could have beens' instead of playing. It truly hurts to watch those that didn't get to leave it out there today as there final game was a wash out. They will never know how deeply it hurt to watch the rain pour as they let us know we had no alternative. This group has set an outstanding bar and achieved more in a season than some programs accomplish in decades. It's a bitter sweet feeling, but I hope the seniors understand that they have laid the groundwork for future success. I'm so proud of our group, and it will be tough to replace that maturity."