Softball team withdraws from Midwest Region Crossover following car accident


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The university softball team in 2018 as they concluded their season.

Shelby Clark, Staff Writer

The university’s softball team withdrew from the Midwest Region Crossover and canceled all games from March 5-13 due to the injuries of 4 softball players and 2 coaches.

The university’s 15 passenger van and a red Buick collided head-on at 5:50 p.m. Saturday on 4600 Frederica St. in Owensboro, Kentucky, according to the police report.

The softball team was traveling back after a pair of games at Kentucky Legends Field, said Jon Mark Hall, director of athletics. The softball team lost the first game 4-5 to Cedarville University and won the second game 8-1 against Lake Erie College. 

Four players and two coaches were hospitalized, treated and released after the head-on collision. 

Brenna Dorsam, assistant softball coach, was driving the bus, according to the report. Dorsam said she had a green light when the other vehicle turned left into the intersection, causing the  wreck, according to the report.

William Knight was driving the other car. Knight said he saw the university vehicle’s left turn signal was on, so he proceeded through the intersection, according to the report. 

Seven people were injured and transported by ambulance to the Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, according to the report. 

Brenna Dorsam, the assistant softball coach, Sue Kunkle, the softball head coach, Mary Bean, a junior third baseman and catcher, Emma Herron, a freshman third baseman, Jessica Tucker, a senior outfielder and infielder, and Allie Goodin, a sophomore pitcher and first baseman, were hospitalized with moderate to severe injuries. Carla Knight was also hospitalized with moderate to severe injuries. 

All seven were released from the hospital, Hall said.

Ray Simmons, director of athletic communications, said coaches and players were not commenting on the accident at this time. 

Athletic director Hall said he is thankful to everyone who helped the team.

“Our student-athletes look forward to getting back to classes this week and our players and coaches hope to return to competition in the near future,” he said.

The softball team is scheduled to play a double hitter against the University of Indianapolis at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. March 14 on the university’s softball field.