AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Family, friends, students and strangers said their final goodbye to Elaine Sortino on Thursday.
The popular and successful UMass Softball coach was 63 years old. She lost her battle with cancer on Sunday.
People who attended her wake at the Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst told 22News her legacy will live on through all of her accomplishments.
“Her competitive spirit. Her always wanting to help people. And always wanting to get one more run in that softball game of life,” Jim Campbell said.
With more than 1,100 wins, Sortino is the 8th most winningest coach in NCAA women's softball history.
Elaine's loved ones told 22News she loved woodworking, cooking, decorating and spending time on Cape Cod.
Donations can be made to Elaine Sortino Softball Enhancement Fund care of the UMass athletic department development office.