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Roach headed to Europe after Cougars career

Mackenzie Roach goes up against European best players

After proving herself against the best Canadian university softball players, Virden’s Mackenzie Roach will now compete against European competition.

Last fall the daughter of Doug and Nicky Roach wrapped up her eligibility with the University of Regina women’s softball team. She was named a Western Collegiate Softball Association Second Team All-Star at shortstop, Roach has been selected for a squad that will play overseas May 11-22. Its stops will include Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany.

“I am looking forward to seeing the competition of the European teams, as well as the experience of playing in Europe and the sites around,” Roach said.

She suited up for the U of R Cougars in the 2016-2019 fall seasons before opting to return in 2023. Roach helped the squad win the 2018 and 2019 Canadian Collegiate Softball Association national championships. During her time with the Cougars, the versatile player racked up various honours including WCSA Second Team All-Star as a utility player and CCSA and WCSA First Team All-Star as an outfielder. Roach also made many friends and memories on and off the diamond.

“I will remember most the friendships I made across the five years playing for the Cougars,” she said. 

Roach and current Cougars head coach Mikaila Etheredge were U of R teammates at one point. The Virden product will certainly be missed by her former university teammates and coaches.

“Her skill will obviously be missed, but I’ll miss what she brings as a person the most,” Etheredge said. “She is hardworking, serious about winning, and a great teammate. She believes in the program’s values and models them. She’s got a sassy personality that is fun to be around and brings a really positive and fun energy to the team.” 

This past season Roach pitched as well as playing shortstop. Etheredge said: “We didn’t originally plan for her to pitch that much, but she came in and provided solid performances, so we kept going back to her. She kept the ball low and got us a lot of ground balls which is great and something we really needed.”

Over her years competing in softball, Roach said the support of her family has been tremendous.

“I would not be the player I am without the constant support I have received throughout the years,” said the U of R alum who has a psychology degree from that institution. “From coaching me, to travelling across Canada to support me they have been there the whole time. They are truly just as excited for this opportunity as I am.”

Senff Concludes Playing Career

Also wrapping up their U of R softball playing career was Horizon Senff. Their parents are Gerri and former Virden resident Joey Senff, whose parents are Bob and Maureen Senff.

“Horizon has been our captain for the last two years and for good reason,” Etheredge said. “They are hardworking, coachable, and 100 per cent committed to the program. I’ve never had anyone love the program as much as they do. Luckily for us, we don’t actually lose Horizon. They are returning as an assistant coach for us this upcoming year.”


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