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Williams Students Bring Tailgating to Softball


The Lady Eagles were busy Tuesday battling McKendree in the second round of their conference tournament. And just beyond the outfield fence, Williams Baptist College students had created the perfect game-day atmosphere.

It was tailgating, Williams style. All along the fence, pickups were backed into position, tailgates down and lawn chairs at the ready.

"This is great! We should’ve thought to do this a long time ago," declared junior Tyler Herring, snapping a photo of the spectacle. Herring had been busy grilling hot dogs and burgers for fellow students as they took in the doubleheader.

"We’re not sure whose truck we’re sitting on," laughed senior Allison Wiggins as she and freshman Lindsay Kammerer made themselves comfortable on a centerfield tailgate.

And some went beyond tailgates. Several students actually brought recliners and couches from their dorm rooms to make their viewing experience complete.

The weather also cooperated, with sunshine, a light breeze and temperatures in the low 80s.

Of course, there was the matter of the games, which didn’t go quite as well as the crowd would have preferred. Williams lost two close ones, 4-3 and 1-0, to end a great season for the Lady Eagles, who were co-champions of the American Midwest Conference and went 32-12 for the year.

"You would always like to win, but it was still just a very fun day," remarked Williams President Jerol Swaim, who watched from a lawn chair near right field. "I felt a sense of campus community and enjoyment as much as anything I can remember in a long time."

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