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Long Beach Softball Has Emotional Senior Day

Sunday’s Big West Conference series finale between Long Beach State softball and visiting Cal Poly was an emotional roller coaster for the No. 17 49ers. They came in riding high after a walk-off win and a no-hitter on Saturday, but were humbled in a 4-1 loss to the Mustangs. They then left field crying tears of joy after second baseman Grayce Majam got engaged in the circle during the senior day celebration.

“I can’t really remember what he said or what happened, but it was super exciting,” Majam said after saying yes to her boyfriend of eight years, Isaiah. “That was perfect. Softball has been a big part of my life, so combining the two when I’m finishing my season, but starting my new season of life, is perfect.”

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And @LBSUSoftball senior day ends with this question for Grayce Majam… she said yes. https://t.co/IpwbKgDJlG

Seniors Majam, LT Torres, Julia Lombardi, Jessica Flores, Hannah Cookson, Rachel Loera, Lauren Lombardi and Lauren MacLeod were all honored after their last game at the LBSU Softball Complex.

“It was a special day, we’re excited for Grayce and it was emotional for all of us,” LBSU coach Kim Sowder said. “Unfortunately we didn’t play very good softball today. We struggled in every area of the game. Sports will humble you real quick.”

LBSU committed three errors in the loss, and gave Cal Poly (23-21, 7-8) a lead with three unearned runs. Starter Cielo Meza didn’t get out of the third inning, and continues to struggle after her hot start to the season.

“She’s got to work through a few things mentally,” Sowder said of Meza. “She has had some control issues. But she’s a competitor and is working very hard to get her control back. I don’t think it’s mechanical.”

The 49ers (38-10, 12-3) only mustered four hits on Sunday, and stranded 11 runners on base. They loaded the bases in the seventh, and twice put the tying run on base.

“We’re playing to try and get better while winning every day,” Sowder said. “We need to finish the season strong to get a little bit of momentum headed into the postseason.”

LBSU is at UC Davis next weekend, and is now two games back of Big West leaders Cal State Fullerton.

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JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.
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