1996 Coldwater SB team

(4-6-20) Coldwater’s softball program started in 1995 (two years before MAC started conference play), in just the 2nd year in 1996 they would go to the D III State Softball Championships and finished as runner-ups. Quite a start for the Cavs.

The first Cavs head coach was New Jersey native Don Berry, son-in-law of Celina Girls Basketball Coach Jack Clouse. In 1995 Berry, the first year for softball at Coldwater, would lead the Cavs to a 19-4 record, the next season they would top that and make the trip to Ashland and finished the season at 17-1 and as D III State runner-ups.

Don Berry SB Record

Coldwater’s Karla Dues was named as a member of the All State 1st team, teammate Renae Wiegel was named to the 2nd team.

Dues, who had 15 pitching wins, also twirled a no-hitter against St. Marys in a 13-0 win, on offense she had a .563 batting avg.

1996 Coldwater SB scores


The Final Four

In the semifinal game…Coldwater would beat New Riegel in the bottom of the 10th inning with just one out2-1 to advance to the State Final game. Karla Dues pitched all 10 innings giving up 6 hits, 1 run and 1 walk to get the win. The Cavs would have just two hits, but did pick up 3 walks. Krista Timmerman and Amy Bruns both had a hit, Timmerman had a RBI.

1996 D III Box scores

In the State Final game, Hillsdale’s Hope Gardner would throw a no-hitter and was just a walk away from throwing a perfect game to pick up the State title win over Coldwater 3-0. The Falcons scored their 3 runs in the top of the 6th inning thanks to an Angie Simpson’s two run triple. The loss was the first for the Cavs in 1996.

1996 D III Box scores championship

Coldwater has not been back to the Final Four since this first trip.

1996 Hillsdale D III State Champions

1996 Hillsdale SB Team

Trips to the Final Four for Hillsdale –


The Falcons have been one of the top softball programs in Ohio, they have won seven state titles, 3 runner-ups in 16 trips.