Wednesday, May 11, 2016

California-strong Bethune-Cookman enters MEAC Tournament on a roll

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- Looking at the Bethune-Cookman softball roster, you may get a little confused.

You may think you're looking at USC's roster, or maybe UCLA's. You see, just one player hails from Florida while the other 13 are from California.

“A lot of these kids are kids I inherited, but we do have another five California kids coming in next year,” said a smiling coach Laura Watten, who is in the second year of her second stint at B-CU. “The coach before me (Chris Cochran), I guess she didn't do a lot of recruiting in Florida, but in California.

“But it's also a case where they'll come here because they like the weather, and it's a case where the coaches and the travel ball coaches trust your system and they'll feed you players.”

Two of the California contingent are B-CU rookies, but already have made an impact on the Wildcats (17-30), who will enter Thursday's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex with an 11-4 conference record and as the second seed in the South Division.


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