Eastern softball has 100 reasons to celebrate

No one baked a cake with 100 candles, nor bought a bushel of 100 balloons.

But both of those would have been appropriate ways for the Eastern softball team to mark its 13-4 win Monday at Cherokee in an Olympic American game.

The Vikings reached three different milestones in the game, and they all included the number 100.

Coach Jamie McGroarty won his 100th game, Megan Parker recorded her 100th hit, and Madison Tiernan scored her 100th run.

“We try not to make too much out of a milestone, but we mention it and clap for each other, and that’s about it,” McGroarty said.

McGroarty said the girls didn’t know about his 100th win, and he didn’t find out about Tiernan’s mark until after the game.

But just because they played it low key, doesn’t mean they didn’t appreciate the oddity.

“Just for a kid to get 100 hits is rare,” McGroarty said. “All being the same number is kind of a weird thing.”

Parker and Tiernan are both four-year starters who’ve helped Eastern start the season 17-3 after losing six starters from last year’s state champions. Tiernan, who went 3 for 5, also has more than 100 hits and stolen bases in her career.

McGroarty is 100-34 in six seasons.

Emily Serta went 3 for 3 with a double and three runs scored.