Softball

Anderson and Marquis are friends on and off the field

Anderson and Marquis are friends on and off the field

Kallie Anderson and Morgan Marquis laugh when they are asked about the competitiveness between them during an interview on a sweltering August morning. Teammates at Navarre and best friends for nearly eight years, Anderson and Marquis admit they are indeed competitive. “We always have a thing going on. It’s like who can hit better or […]

Koch, Stapleton help East top West in Subway All-Star Game

Koch, Stapleton help East top West in Subway All-Star Game

With an ice bag on her arm and a smile on her face, Holly Koch talked about how much her final experience as a softball player meant to her. Koch, one of two players from Navarre playing for the East in the Subway High School All-Star Game last Thursday at the University of West Florida […]

Argos’ stellar softball season comes to a close

Argos’ stellar softball season comes to a close

West Florida’s remarkable run to the NCAA Division II Softball College World Series came to a close Saturday in a 1-0 loss to West Virginia Wesleyan. The Argonauts wrap up their year with a 46-15 record, the most wins they have had in a season since 2005. They finished 1-2 in their first college world […]

Argos punch ticket to College World Series

Argos punch ticket to College World Series

Hope was fading fast for the West Florida women’s softball team in its NCAA Division II Super Regional showdown with Lee Friday afternoon in Pensacola. Down 4-0 going into the sixth inning and still searching for its first hit of the day, the Argonauts came to life and took this dream season one step further […]

Argos rally to knock off Blazers in NCAA regional final

Argos rally to knock off Blazers in NCAA regional final

Tiona Hill’s heroic hit in the bottom of the seventh inning put the exclamation point on a perfect three-game run through the NCAA Division II South 1 Regional. With the Argonauts down a run with one out and the bases loaded, Hill drove in two runs with a big base hit to help the Argos […]

Taylor’s clutch hit helps lead Argos to NCAA tourney win

Taylor’s clutch hit helps lead Argos to NCAA tourney win

Callan Taylor came through with a clutch hit when her team needed one most and helped lift the University of West Florida softball team to a 4-3 victory over Valdosta State in the semifinal round of the NCAA Division II South 1 Regional Friday afternoon in Pensacola. With the score tied at 1-1 and two […]

Argos hosting NCAA regional softball tourney

Argos hosting NCAA regional softball tourney

The University of West Florida softball team will host an NCAA South Regional this week. The Argos are in the tourney for the 12th time in program history and begin play Thursday when they battle Claflin in a 2:30 p.m. game. Mississippi College and Valdosta State will play in the second game. The winners move […]

Navarre’s softball team falls to Niceville in district tourney

Navarre’s softball team falls to Niceville in district tourney

Navarre’s softball team was eliminated by Niceville 5-2 at Milton April 25 in the opening round of the district playoffs. Throughout the season, the Raiders demonstrated the potential to challenge any team. They were in most games until the last out. All they needed was a clutch hit or maybe a big defensive play that […]

Raiders cap regular season with thrilling win over Dolphins

Raiders cap regular season with thrilling win over Dolphins

Hanna Stapleton had the ball in her hands and prepared to fire a pitch at the plate just as she has done countless times in her career at Navarre over the last four years. She had already put away the first two Gulf Breeze batters without much trouble, making the two strikeouts she recorded in […]

Raiders lose pair of close softball games

Raiders lose pair of close softball games

Navarre’s softball team battled hard but lost a pair of close games last week. The Raiders were edged 2-1 by West Florida Thursday and let a lead slip away in a 9-8 loss to Choctaw Friday. Choctaw 9, Navarre 8 The Raiders were riding high going into the bottom of the seventh inning in its […]

Despite late rally, Navarre falls to Niceville

Despite late rally, Navarre falls to Niceville

Navarre’s girls softball team scored two runs in the sixth and seventh innings, but it wasn’t enough as the Niceville Eagles won the district contest by an 8-4 score at Navarre March 26. For the first four innings, Morgan Marquis shut out the Eagles while striking out eight. Marquis found herself in trouble in the […]

Taylor swinging for success with Argos

Taylor swinging for success with Argos

Callan Taylor found herself penciled into the starting lineup as the designated hitter for the University of West Florida softball team on the first day of the 2017 season. The Argonauts were up against Miles in the Gulf Coast Invitational in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Taylor, a freshman out of Navarre, battled the tug-of-war feeling […]

Raiders fall to Dolphins in extra innings

Raiders fall to Dolphins in extra innings

Navarre’s softball team went extra innings against rival Gulf Breeze Thursday night but came up short in its bid for a victory, falling 9-8 to the Dolphins. The Raiders trailed 7-5 entering the seventh inning but Hanna Stapleton came through with a double that went off the fence in the outfield and drove in two […]

Explosive fifth inning propels Raider softball team to win

Explosive fifth inning propels Raider softball team to win

Down six runs in the top of the second inning against Choctaw Tuesday night, it wasn’t looking good for Navarre’s softball team. Head coach Kelly Hayes never stopped believing. Her team didn’t either. “The one thing about our team is they always come back no matter what,” Hayes said. “They might not always win, but they […]

Argos picked to repeat as Gulf South champs in baseball

Argos picked to repeat as Gulf South champs in baseball

West Florida is the team to beat in baseball in the Gulf South Conference. The reigning conference champions are picked to win the GSC crown again this season, receiving six of the possible 11 first-place votes and finishing one point ahead of 2016 GSC tournament champion Delta State. Coming off a year where they appeared […]

Taylor set for next step of softball career

Taylor set for next step of softball career

Calllan Taylor walked off the softball field at the University of West Florida late Thursday night wearing a smile, the thrill of a 5-4 victory for the East in the Subway High School All-Star Game being the reason behind it. Soon enough, that very same field will be her home for the next four years […]

Argos turn attention to GSC tournament

Argos turn attention to GSC tournament

The best regular season in six years ended Sunday afternoon with a second consecutive loss to Shorter. The Argonauts fell 1-0 to the Hawks in nine innings. Yet, West Florida University’s softball team is still headed to the Gulf South Conference tournament, earning the third seed. The Argonauts will play the sixth-seeded Hawks at 10 […]

Pettigrew making most of senior season with Argos

Pettigrew making most of senior season with Argos

Emily Pettigrew swings at the pitch fired in her direction and makes contact before bolting down the first-base line. West Alabama’s infielder hustles to make a play, scooping the ball up and rifling it to first base. Bu Pettigrew, her phenomenal speed on display, beats out the throw. That moment on a sun-splashed Saturday paints […]

Hits tough to come by in loss to Bulldogs

Hits tough to come by in loss to Bulldogs

Some losses sting a little more than others and Navarre’s 2-1 setback to Crestview in a District 2-7A game last week hurt. The Raiders were within striking distance of victory all night but struck out far too often to come out on top against the Bulldogs because of a 16-strikeout performance by Taylor Rolison. “She […]