Missouri Western coach Jen Bagley Trotter became the MIAA’s all-time wins leader in softball history.
Trotter reached 615 wins after the Griffons defeated Winona State 1-0 in the Hy-Vee Classic on Saturday.
“It’s just really special to be apart of all these big monumental things for Coach Bagley,” Western senior Shelby Uhl said. “It’s a testament to her character and the type of coach she is. It says a lot about her.”
The Griffons were able to move Trotter past former Western head coach Rhesa Sumrell for the most wins by shutting out the Warriors.
In the first inning, Western sophomore Emma Hoffart hit a double to drive in her teammate Gabi Carter.
Winona State put runners on base throughout the game, but Western pitcher Lexi Kinnaird kept the Warriors from reaching home plate. The senior struck out five and walked two batters for her first seven-inning complete game of the year.
After a fly-out to center field ended the game, Bagley ran to Kinnaird. The two celebrated both of their victories on the field.
Even though it was a chilly afternoon, the team couldn’t resist dumping an ice cold jug of water on their coach.
“The support that I’m given and the kids we’re able to recruit and the field were able to play on, why would I want to go anywhere else?” Bagley Trotter said about Western softball.
Bagley Trotter’s 615 wins as a head coach have all come in her 18-year career at Missouri Western.
Senior Morgan Frost said her coach’s success is the reason why she and many others come to play softball at Western.
“She’s one of the greatest,” Frost said.