Ashley Pickert, Contributing Writer
On Sunday, the Lady Crusaders kicked off their season with a doubleheader against George Fox University. Despite putting up a fight, they suffered two losses: 8-1 and 7-0.
In the first game, junior Ashley Pickert started out on the mound. The George Fox University Bruins were not thrown off for long — after a few runs, freshman Katie Lee was brought out to relieve Pickert. Freshman outfielders Avery Finch and Lyda Tesauro made several nice catches.
On offense, Finch and sophomore shortstop Erin Begle hit two singles each in addition to sophomore catcher Alyssabel Garcia’s single. However, none of it was enough to pull off a win.
In the second game, freshman Chloe Campise took the mound. Later in the game, freshman Katie Lee came in for relief. Begle made an epic diving catch that turned into a double play when she threw the ball from her knees to sophomore first baseman Ciara Stewart.
On offense, Tesauro and Pickert each hit a single. Freshman Anna Fazio served as a pinch runner for the first time. When asked how it felt to steal her first base, she replied, “I feel like a criminal.”
“I am more excited than ever about where this team and program is going,” said Begle, when asked her opinion about the first few games.
“Of course we still have things to work on, but considering the fact that we lost by a few runs to a team that killed Southwestern the day before, I am excited. We will keep working as hard as we can and have a good time doing it. At the end of the season, we all know it will be worth it.”
“I am proud of how the girls came out today,” said head coach Beth Krysiak. “They came out pumped up and ready to play. It showed us some things we still have to work on, and it showed us some things we are doing really well. While the outcome wasn’t what we hoped for, there were a lot of positives in the day.”
There you have it, Crusaders. Come out and watch the softball team take on Southwestern Assemblies of God on Tuesday at 6 and 8 p.m.