Her 15-7 record, 20 complete games, eight shutouts, and 0.60 earned run average — the third-lowest mark in Division 3 — were spectacular. But go beyond those numbers, and you will uncover the true importance of Amber White to the women’s softball program at Bridgewater State University.
When the Bears need her the most, the junior pitcher from Middleborough delivered en route to earning Pitcher of the Year honors in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Bridgewater State, the regular season and tournament champion in the MASCAC, started 3-5 on its Florida trip and was 4-9 in its first 13 games. The Bears were also one game away from elimination in the MASCAC playoffs.
A former standout at Middleborough High, White stepped into the circle at each crucial juncture and won every time. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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