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Bolen to push for more playing time in 2021


Magoffin County High School graduate Erin Bolen concluded her freshman season with the University of Pikeville softball program in March. 
Photo courtesy of UPike

PIKEVILLE - After making an impact for the University of Pikeville softball program as a freshman earlier in the year, Magoffin County High School graduate Erin Bolen will be pushing for more playing time during the 2021 season. 
Bolen, who is from Salyersville, started four games for the University of Pikeville softball team during her freshman campaign. The Magoffin County graduate drove in one run for the Bears during the 2020 college softball season.

Defensively, Bolen recorded a .927 fielding percentage in her debut campaign. 

The coronavirus outbreak forced the 2020 college softball season to end early in March. The pandemic sidelined college softball teams throughout the nation.  

The Bears, under the direction of veteran head coach Robert Staggs, ended the abbreviated 2020 college softball season 11-3. Pikeville put together a six-game winning steak during the 2020 season. The Bears' shortened season included wins over Indiana Wesleyan, WVU Tech, Rochester, Alice Lloyd, Penn State Fayette, Haskell Indian Nations, Ohio Christian, Penn State Beaver and Holy Family. 

The Bears compete in the Mid-South Conference, along with Lindsey Wilson, Cumberland (Tenn.), Georgetown, Shawnee State, Campbellsville, Thomas Moore and Cumberlands (Ky.). 
Prior to competing for Mid-South Conference member University of Pikeville, Bolen starred at Magoffin County High School. Bolen ranked among the state's top high school softball players as a senior in 2019. 



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