By Brittney Haynes/Assistant news editor

The Eastern softball team kicked off its fall season last weekend by playing for a good cause.Eastern hosted the fourth-annual Battle Against Breast Cancer, a softball tournament for colleges and universities in Kentucky to raise money for breast-cancer research.

Games were held at Model Lab, Norris City Fields and Hood Field. Admission cost $3 for one day to see all the games. Pink tournament T-shirts were also on sale for $10. Overall, the tournament raised just over $1,500 for research, according to Jane Worthington, Eastern softball coach.

The first year Eastern hosted the tournament, they raised just over $1,000, according to Worthington.

The tournament began when former Morehead State University softball coach, Jennifer VanSickle, contacted Worthington about hosting and co-sponsoring the tournament. Each year the tournament is hosted at a different school in Kentucky. This is the second year Eastern has hosted the tournament.

“It’s a good time to get everyone together for a good cause,” Worthington said.

The tournament also gave Worthington a chance to see what the team needs to work on before the spring season, she said. It is also the only time Eastern plays teams outside of the division I rankings.

For senior catcher Amber Berthoud, the tournament means a lot. Three generations in her family have had breast cancer, she said.

“I think it’s great to get to raise money for a great cause,” Berthoud said. She wishes the team could do more, Berthoud added.

For sophomore first baseman, Adriel Foxley, the tournament also means a lot since some of her family friends have had breast cancer, she said.

Both Berthoud and Foxley used the tournament to what they needed to work on before the spring season, they said.

“(The tournament) gives me a chance to see where I stand for the spring and the team overall,” Foxley said.

Eastern played Spalding University, Lindsey Wilson College, Midway College and Brescia University. Eastern shut out all four teams.

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