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Ohio University Zanesville Tracers end softball season strong

The Zanesville Tracers finished the regular season tied with Ohio University Chillicothe Hilltoppers at 7-1 and finished as the State runners up in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference (ORCC). The team was recognized for their efforts with a trophy and proclamation from Senator Troy Balderson’s office.

“The thing that made the season was that the returning players welcomed the new team members and made them feel like part of the team right from the start,” said Ted Krozier, coach for the Lady Tracers. He and his twin brother, Terry are co-coaches for the team.

The challenge of regional campus team ball is that the players are commuter students who often have family obligations and jobs in addition to a fulltime course load. “It can be a challenge when you start practice and one of the girls first comments is, ‘I don’t know if I will be able to play or not with work and school’”, but the Crozier brothers philosophy for the team is that school comes first, then work and finally softball. “We have fun every time we step on the field,” Ted shared.

“When they come to campus they don’t know if they want to play, but after we explain to them that we practice one day week and play on the weekends they often decide to join the team,” Ted explained. “We want them to enjoy the game and stay physically active while attending college so we encourage them to come on out and have some fun.”

Ted shared that while the players are typically strong academically and see the team as a stress reliever, but to play for the ORCC players must be registered for seven credit hours and maintain at least a 1.7 GPA. 

Lady Tracers Awards photo

Zanesville Campus Dean, front, holds the proclamation from Senator Balderson, while MacKenzie Bennett, (2nd row left) holds the team trophy and Regan Bennett (2nd row right) holds the team's championship plaque. Team member, Abbie Finnell was also on hand for the awards presentation. Co-coaches Terry, l, and Ted, r, are in the back row.

Dean Webster and Regan Bennett

The Lady Tracers team solidifies around common love of the game and an understanding of the priorities each player faces. “When you are studying hard and you come to the field to, it’s no worries – we’re just here to have fun,” explained Regan Bennett, West Muskingum graduate, center for the team and junior psychology major. She is seen here accepting her certificate and a proclamation from Senator Balderson from Campus Dean Dr. Jeremy Webster. 

Dean Webster and MacKenzie Bennett

West Muskingum graduate MacKenzie Bennett, second base, pictured here with Dean Webster, agreed adding, “It’s a stress reliever.” MacKenzie is a senior in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and find the physical activity beneficial to balancing her rigorous studies. 

Dean Webster and Abbie Finnell

“This is fun, not a job,” Abbie Finnell, Tri-Valley graduate who transferred from Heidelberg where she played previously, said. Finnell, a senior in the Early Childhood Education program, pictured here with Dean Webster, plays first base and serves as pitcher for the team. “We played one another in high school and now we’re on the same team.” 

In addition to the Bennett sisters and Finnell, the Lady Tracer team includes Tatum Brown, third base, New Lexington High School graduate an undecided major; Tri-Valley graduates, Lexi Adams , pitcher and first base, a nursing major and Brooklyn Smith, catcher, a Criminal Justice major at Zane State College ; Mallory Hill, short stop, a Philo High School graduate and education major; West Muskingum graduates Elisabeth Staffey, right fielder, a nursing major, Madison Bennett, left fielder and  Health Services Administration major, and Hannah Tincher, short stop and undecided major;  and Bishop Hartley graduate Justine Morrison, first base and Zane State College student.