Besides playing stellar defence at shortstop, SFU senior Taylor Lundrigan has had plenty to celebrate with outgoing coach Miek Renney, wielding a hot bat that has her sitting eighth in the GNAC with a .370 average. (Photo by Ron Hole property of SFU athletics)
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Simon Fraser softball: Clan set to lean on GNAC’s best defence as battle for playoffs comes down to final weekend

BURNABY — Take a glance at their 2018 team picture on the Simon Fraser athletics website, and immediately you’re struck by the contradiction of a Clan softball team posing in full gear, while behind them, a snowstorm blankets their Burnaby Mountain home.

Simon Fraser Clan head coach Mike Renney, 1,000 games into his collegiate career, announced Monday that he would retire his position at season's end following 24 years at the helm. (Photo -- Simon Fraser University athletics)
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Mike Renney: After precisely 1,000 games at the helm, Simon Fraser Clan softball coach announces retirement

BURNABY — It was back in the fall of 1995 when Simon Fraser’s sophomore head softball coach Mike Renney found a quiet moment to chat with a departing member of the Clan’s athletic staff.

Elgin Park's Claire Eccles, a UBC softball player, will pitch for the Victoria HarbourCats' men's baseball team this summer. (Photo -- Baseball Canada)
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UBC softball’s Claire Eccles set to pitch against the guys, HarbourCats sign southpaw knuckler

Claire Eccles throws a pitch that makes batters buckle at the knees. On Tuesday, one of those rare days when your passions and your dreams come together in historic fashion, Eccles could be excused for feeling a little wobbly herself at times.