Va. Tech Women's Softball Games To Go On

The Virginia Tech women's softball team clinched the No. 1 spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference last weekend, and is now ranked 20th in the country — its highest ranking ever.

All the excitement over the success was wiped away by a gunman's bullets Monday morning.

But now, reports CBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace, team members vow to play on — to help the healing process on campus.

She pointed out that nothing helps you move on like getting back to normal and, for the women softball players, that means being back on the field.

"We needed a few days off to cope with what was going on, but I think it's very helpful for us to just get back to what's normal and take small steps to start healing," observed Va. Tech junior Angela Tincher.

The women tried to keep things light, switching positions with their teammates, and laughing about the results.

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It was, said sophomore Dori Nunley, "the first time I've laughed since Monday, and there's no one else I'd rather share and try to heal with than my teammates."

No one on the team was very close to any of the victims, says Wallace. Still, the first time they practiced after the attacks was rough.

"You could tell," recalled junior Caroline Stolle, "because … during the warm-up, it was silent, and that's not our team at all."

She added that cancelling practice and this weekend's game against the University of Maryland was out of the question: "They always say that, after 9/11, you're supposed to not let the terrorists change your daily lives, because that's when they win, and I just think it's really important that we get on with our lives and start practicing."

"I think," remarked sophomore Steffanie Massetti, "it's going to be one of the greatest feelings we've ever felt, knowing that we're still playing for the community, lettting us know he didn't beat us all completely."

The Va. Tech women are getting support from the most unlikely places.

"Our opponents and all these other teams we play against, we don't really consider them our friends," said Stolle, "but now, they're like our close friends, because they've supported us so much, like, they wear maroon and orange ribbons and everything, and I think it's really awesome."

The Hokies expect their biggest crowd ever for a game slated for Saturday.

Emotions will, Wallace notes, be running high. Their job -- trying to help a wounded community heal.

There will be a moment of silence before the game, and the team will wear special T-shirts and ribbons.

The coach says he has no idea what the emotions will be when that first pitch is thrown, because that moment of silence will get everyone thinking about Monday's tragedy.
  • Sean Alfano

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