HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - William Carey isn't far removed from its runner-up finish in the 2014 NAIA Softball World Series – the Lady Crusaders fell to Auburn-Montgomery 10-6 in the championship game.
Following that 52-12 season, head coach Wendy Hogue accepted the same position at Southern Miss.
But the Lady Crusaders have been in good hands since then – fourth-year head coach Craig Fletcher has led Carey to three straight seasons of 39 wins or more. 2017's campaign marked the third time in four years that WCU hosted an NAIA opening round.
The Lady Crusaders are off to a 19-5 (5-1 SSAC) start this season. Fletcher credits the eight years he spent as Hogue's assistant as to why there hasn't been a drop-off at William Carey.
"I've had a blast here in the 12 years, working with coach Hogue who's now at Southern [Miss]," Fletcher said. "Did a great job, really built a good, strong base. Good strong program, left me with a lot of positive things. We're just trying to carry on the tradition that started years ago by other teams. Trying to be the team that doesn't drop the ball, so to speak. So we've got to keep working and keep coming to play and working hard every day."