Nashville --- During a home softball game, the Tennessee State University players and coaches honored members of the Hopewell softball team.
Hopewell team members Maggie Babco, Audrey "Cookie" Maudie, Ruth Smith and Sandy "Sam" Smith served as mentors and were a part of the first softball team that head coach Joyce Maudie played on. Maudie joined the local women's league, located in Western Pennsylvania, at the age of 15.
"These women were instrumental in igniting my career as a softball coach," said head coach Joyce Maudie. "We are thankful for all of the women trailblazers who have paved the way in providing countless opportunities for girls in sports."
The honorees were accompanied by current TSU softball players during the starting line-up presentation while Audrey "Cookie" Maudie threw out the ceremonial first pitch.