Ashley Pickert, Contributing Writer
On March 29 and 30, the Lady Crusaders softball team took on Schreiner University. With freshman Katie Lee out with a concussion, fellow freshman Chloe Campise stepped up to pitch all four games start to finish. Her hard work was rewarded by two wins of 14-8 and 10-7 in the second and fourth games, respectively.
In the second game, junior Taylor Garcia hit her second home run of the day, along with a single, and junior Ashley Pickert hit a double. Later in the game, both ladies also batted in three runs each. Sophomore Erin Begle then hit a single with two RBIs, and sophomore Ciara Stewart hit a single with an RBI. The underclassmen also made a strong showing at the plate against Schreiner: Freshmen Lyda Tesauro and Allison Kotlar had two singles apiece, and freshmen Bailey DiStefano and Taylor Templin both had one each.
The fourth game of the day proved to be one filled with bats cracking. In this exciting game, Garcia hit a double with an RBI, Begle hit four for five with two RBIs, Tesauro hit two for three with three RBIs, Pickert hit two for three, freshmen Avery Finch and Alex Compte each hit singles, and Kotlar had an RBI.
When asked how she felt, Campise said, “The two wins were very satisfying. It was just great knowing that my team and I fought as hard as we could and that they had my back the whole time. And because of that we ended up coming out with a couple wins.”
This past Saturday, under iron-gray clouds that threatened rain, the Lady Crusaders took on Southwestern University at home. Unfortunately, they suffered two losses against this hard-hitting team.
In the first game, Lee took the mound, but the team struggled to support her. On offense, Begle had a double, Tesauro had a double and a single, and Garcia had a single. All three also had an RBI each, along with two singles from Finch. The final score was 6-3, with the Lady Crusaders just not quite able to connect bat to ball and bring women across the plate.
The second game began with Campise on the mound. However, once again the team had trouble with defense. On offense, Tesauro hit a triple and a single, Garcia had two singles and batted Tesauro in and Begle had a single. The final score was 9-1. The ladies continue optimistically, confident that the skies will brighten again, and that their perseverance in practice will pay off.