Ashley Pickert, Contributing Writer
The Lady Crusaders softball team started off the week with a bang, winning two games against Southwestern Assemblies of God last Tuesday. The team won the first game 6-3 and the second 7-0.
In the first game, freshman Chloe Campise started on the mound. She pitched an excellent game and ended with only one earned run. Offense was impressive as well, with two doubles by junior Ashley Pickert, as well as one double and two singles by sophomore Erin Begle. Freshmen Lyda Tesauro and Avery Finch each hit singles, and freshman Alex Compte hit her first home run, with two RBIs.
When asked how she felt she said, “Hitting my first college home run was of course exciting for me, but seeing how happy my teammates were when I rounded third was what really made it worthwhile for me.”
The team carried its enthusiasm from the first game into the second, in which freshman Katie Lee took the mound. She did not let a single run cross the plate. Finch started off the first inning with an excellent bunt and went on to steal second and third. Begle came in as clutch and drove her in before hitting a double and driving in two more RBIs. Freshman Taylor Dion hit a double, Tesauro hit three singles and Pickert and freshman Taylor Templin hit a single apiece.
Unfortunately, Sunday’s games were not as successful, and the Lady Crusaders lost 7-6 and 11-5 against Hendrix College.
In the first game, Lee started off on the mound. The Crusaders ended the first inning with two runs on the scoreboard due to a double from Compte, which drove in Tesauro, and a double from Pickert that drove Compte home. However, after the fifth inning, the Crusaders lost some ground, despite a double, two singles and two RBIs from Begle, two singles each by Finch and sophomore Alyssabel Garcia, and singles from Templin, Tesauro and freshman Ciara Stewart.
In the second game, Campise was the starting pitcher, but due to some solid hits from Hendrix, Lee came in for relief. Begle came out with two doubles, a single and four RBIs along with two singles from Finch and one each from Tesauro and freshman Taylor Dion.
Although it was not enough to beat Hendrix, Tesauro remains positive.
“The losses are learning experiences that will help us down the road. I can’t wait for us to hit our peak!” she said.