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Lions claim 35 spots on NEWMAC Spring All-Academic team

The baseball team will begin practicing this week while adhering to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

By Lara Hill

May 14, 2020

The cancellation of spring sports at the college left many student athletes devastated; however, senior pitcher Sam Knox said the announcement of the NEWMAC Spring All-Academic team brought some positivity amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic.  “It’s really great to be recognized in this fashion for work...

Coaches plan to adjust scouting processes amid pandemic

The softball team is one of many teams adjusting its scouting process during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Kayla Buck

April 20, 2020

Emerson coaches are taking a new approach to scouting this spring after high schools decided to cancel their sports seasons in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The National Collegiate Athletic Association and New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference officially canceled all athl...

Cardinals sweep Lions in Arizona

The Lions are now 0-4 in 2020.

By Alberto Gilman

March 5, 2020

The softball team returned to the field in Tucson, Arizona, on Wednesday for a doubleheader rematch against the St. John Fisher Cardinals, falling in both games after losing to the Cardinals on Tuesday. The first game remained scoreless through the first two innings. In the top of the third innin...

Softball swept in dramatic doubleheader

Softball swept in dramatic doubleheader

By Alberto Gilman

March 4, 2020

The softball team lost two extra-inning games to the St. Fisher College Cardinals and the University of Mary Washington Eagles on Tuesday. The Lions and Cardinals played each other for the first time in school history, and the Cardinals led the Lions 3-1 after the first inning. In the second inning, se...

Softball looks to reach new heights as season nears

Courtesy of Kate Foultz

By Megan Maclaren

February 26, 2020

The softball team ranked fifth in the NEWMAC conference in 2019. This season, with nine players entering their sophomore season, the team is aiming to not only return to the playoffs but climb higher in the conference rankings. “Being in the middle of the pack is something to be proud of,” head...

Senior enters professional draft after softball senior day

Senior catcher Kallista Leonardos played in every game so far this season and totals 33 hits. Photo by Aaron J. Miller / Beacon Staff

By Andrew Lin

April 19, 2019

Senior catcher Kallista Leonardos announced her intention to enter the American Softball Association draft on Friday at the softball team’s senior day. “I’ll be entering [the draft] and hopefully be playing professional softball,” Leonardos said. “I chose it because you get the rest of...

Softball one spot shy of playoffs with two doubleheaders remaining

Freshman Lexi Semanchik plays first-base and hit one home run this season. Photo by Alexa Schapiro / Beacon Staff

By Peirce Eldredge

April 17, 2019

As the softball team heads into its final weekend in the conference regular season, the Lions have a chance to make the playoffs with two doubleheader games remaining. The Lions hold a conference record of 5–9 and sit in seventh place in the New England Women’s and Men’s Conference standings—...

Softball goes 1-1 in third annual Sexual Assault Awareness doubleheader

The Lions defeated Coast Guard 9-0 in the first match of their doubleheader.  Photo by Alexa Schapiro / Beacon Staff

By Andrew Lin

April 6, 2019

The softball team went 1-1 in a doubleheader against the United States Coast Guard Academy for its third annual Sexual Assault Awareness games on Saturday afternoon. As part of the tradition of the Sexual Assault Awareness games, both teams wore teal t-shirts with the abbreviation SAAM—Sexual Assa...

Softball prepares for third annual Sexual Assault Awareness games

The softbal team raised $2,430 last year and have raised $1,305 so far this year for RAINN. Photo by Alexa Schapiro / Beacon Staff

By Andrew Lin

April 3, 2019

The softball team will host its third annual Sexual Assault Awareness event alongside a conference doubleheader against the United States Coast Guard Academy at Rotch Field this Saturday. Former softball player and alumna Jill Gearin wanted to promote awareness for sexual assault when she started the eve...

Seniors Leonardos, Jones announced as softball captains

Kallista Leonardos (left) and Alena Jones (right) were named team captains for the 2019 season. Photos by Olivia Strauss / Beacon Correspondent

By Jake Peter

March 15, 2019

The softball team chose senior catcher Kallista Leonardos and senior shortstop Alena Jones as team captains for the 2019 season. Head coach Phil McElroy said the coaching staff focuses on selecting upperclassmen who demonstrate leadership. The softball coaches named Leonardos and Jones captains be...

Softball adds nine new players to build on last year’s success

The Lions won four of the eight games they played over spring break. Photo by Alexa Schapiro / Beacon Staff

By Andrew Lin

March 10, 2019

The softball coaching staff revamped the team’s roster from last season and added nine new players in hopes of making a second consecutive conference playoff appearance. Last year, the softball team finished with a 20-14 overall record after starting with a seven-game winning streak. The Lions qual...

Alumna becomes third female broadcaster in Minor League Baseball history

Jill Gearin '18 played softball at Emerson for four years. Photo Courtesy of Jill Gearin

By Domenic Conte, Managing Editor

November 12, 2018

Jill Gearin ‘18 will become the third female broadcaster in Minor League Baseball history as she joins the Visalia Rawhide as a radio play-by-play commentator in January. Gearin—who majored in journalism and minored in sports communication—worked as a broadcaster for the Nashua Silver Knights ...

Turf, locker rooms upgraded at Rotch Field

The softball diamond on Rotch Field now has dugouts for both teams. Photo: Kyle Bray/Beacon Staff.

By Kyle Bray, Former Managing Editor: Visual and Design

September 6, 2018

Rotch Field—Emerson’s home venue for soccer, lacrosse, and softball—underwent renovations to improve the facility over the summer. The renovations include a replacement of the field’s turf surface, the addition of dugouts for softball games, more bleachers for spectators, and new locker room...

Softball secures first NEWMAC playoff spot

Senior Molly Goldstein fields a ground ball. Courtesy of Jillian Gearin.

By Kyle Bray, Former Managing Editor: Visual and Design

April 22, 2018

Emerson’s softball team will face Babson College Beavers in the first round of the playoffs for the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference after clinching the program’s first playoff appearance since joining the conference in 2013. The Lions clinched a 4-3 victory over Wheaton College in extra i...

Outstanding pitcher claims Beacon Women’s Lion of the Year

Neely Eddleston (center) is tied for second in the NEWMAC in wins. Courtesy of Jillian Gearin.

By Kyle Bray, Former Managing Editor: Visual and Design

April 19, 2018

With the spring season winding down, and commencement just a few weeks away, we are pleased to announce our Lions of the Year. Our staff selected one outstanding male and one outstanding female athlete who consistently performed at a high level throughout a given season. Emerson’s softball t...

Softball to host sexual assault awareness game

At last year's event, the softball team raised $1,000 for RAINN. Courtesy of Jillian Gearin

By Dylan Rossiter, Operations Managing Editor

April 12, 2018

During Jillian Gearin’s junior year, a discussion about Colin Kaepernick and other sports figures using their platforms to promote social causes came up in her sports reporting class. The conversation got the infielder thinking about what Emerson's softball team could do to help the college communit...

Lions aim for playoff spot after hot start

Jillian Gearin, who is batting .290 with 10 RBI, steps up to the plate. Courtesy of Jillian Gearin

By Dylan Rossiter, Operations Managing Editor

April 12, 2018

Emerson softball is poised to make the playoffs for the first time since joining the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference in 2014. The Lions, 15-9 (3-7 NEWMAC), were picked to finish in last place in the conference's preseason coaches' poll. However, with six games left in NEWMAC pl...

Freshman pitcher dominates NEWMAC

Eddleston traveled to Italy in high school to promote the return of softball to the Olympics. Photo: Zivah Solomon/Beacon Correspondent

By Kyle Bray, Former Managing Editor: Visual and Design

April 12, 2018

Freshman pitcher Neely Eddleston did not expect to play a big role going into her first season at Emerson. However, in the second week of the season, she was named pitcher of the week for the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. The West Wareham, Massachusetts native is tied for first in the ...

Softball: Lions split doubleheader to open conference play

The Lions won the first game over WPI 9-8, before losing the second 9-5. Photo: Max Wildstein/Beacon Correspondent

By Max Wildstein

March 26, 2018

Emerson softball continued its hot start to the season against Worcester Polytechnic Institute in a Saturday afternoon conference doubleheader at home. The Lions took the first game, 9-8, before falling to the Engineers 9-5 in the second. Starting off, the odds were not in the Lions’ favor in the Ne...

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