SEMO softball mothers share in daughters’ heroics in Mother’s Day doubleheader

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Tiffany Wrigley could not bear to watch as her daughter, Kynzie, stepped to the plate in the eighth inning of game one of the Southeast Missouri State’s softball team’s doubleheader on Sunday.

Tiffany’s nervousness turned into jubilation as Kynzie sent a 1-0 pitch sailing over the right field fence and clanking off a light pole, finishing off the Redhawks’ 5-3 victory over Belmont at the Southeast Softball Complex.

“It brought me to tears,” Tiffany Wrigley said. “I knew she could do it. I’m so proud of her.”

“I was just really excited to have my family here,” Kynzie Wrigley said. “Both my parents were here. I was excited to see my teammates run out of the dugout and meet me at home plate. It was awesome.”

The Redhawks routed the Bruins, 9-2, in game two to complete the doubleheader and series sweep.

The final three of the Redhawks’ nine runs in game two came on a Chelsy Pena home run in the bottom of the 6th. This was the senior’s final at-bat at the Southeast Softball Complex, as Sunday marked the final day of the regular season for all Ohio Valley Conference teams.

“I was running around the bases like, ‘no way that just happened,'” Pena said. “It’s kind of a full-circle moment. Chills up and down the body for sure.”

Chelsy wasn’t the only member of the Pena family who felt chills with that home run. Chelsy’s mother, Sonya, has not missed any of her daughter’s games this season.

“It was sure a special at-bat we’ll never forget,” she said. “Lots of adversity and ups and downs through the four years. What a great at-bat to end on.”

With these two victories, SEMO clinched the 4-seed in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. The Redhawks will play Wednesday against the winner between Austin Peay and SIU-Edwardsville.

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