Softball team plays first game since deadly crash

Jaiden Pelton, 20, Brooke Deckard, 20, Katelynn Woodlee, 18, and Megan Richardson, 19, were all killed in the crash.

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GAINESVILLE, Tex. — The ladies of the North Central Texas College softball team played their first game since the fatal bus crash that killed four of their players last year.

The team hosted a double-header Friday Jan. 30. The players were off limits to the media so they could concentrate on the game, but they seem to be recovering from the heartbreaking accident.

The Lady Lions lost the first game 7-8, but bounced back and laid an 11-2 win on their opponent.

“When I walked up and they were doing the moment of silence it was kind of like a… wow it kind of brought back like all the memories of hearing about all the girls and hearing about what happened,” NCTC student Heather Birge said.

According to CBSDFW, members of the volleyball and tennis teams wore t-shirts to pay tribute to those lost as well as the survivors.

“People wondered if they’d ever play again, and I was like, I can’t imagine them not playing. I mean, it gives them more reason to play for those girls. They’re watching them right now. They would want them to play,” Tanya Maddin said.

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