Ashley Pickert, Contributing Writer
It was a good start to conference over spring break for the Lady Crusaders. The first weekend they traveled to Shreveport, La., to overtake Centenary College with three wins and one loss. The next weekend the team played Trinity University. Despite the efforts of freshmen Katherine Lee and Chloe Campise and junior Ashley Pickert on the mound; singles by freshmen Alex Compte, Ciara Stewart and Avery Finch; and a double by Pickert, they lost 15-1.
In the second game the Lady Crusaders put up a fight. Campise and Lee both took the mound on offense, keeping Trinity to five runs. Compte and Pickert hit a home run each, but it was not enough to pull them ahead.
The second day was more successful, resulting in one win and one loss. In the first game, Campise, Lee and Pickert took the mound but struggled to keep Trinity from scoring. Offense was much better, with the Crusaders taking in a home run by sophomore Erin Begle, and a double each by Stewart, freshman Allison Kotlar and junior Taylor Garcia, along with two singles by Pickert and one apiece by Begle, Kotlar and Stewart. Unfortunately, the women’s best efforts ended in a 15-3 loss.
In the second game, Lee pitched incredibly well and kept Trinity to a score of one run. Finch and Compte each hit singles and Garcia and freshman Taylor Templin hit doubles. Finally a triple from Kotlar led to the team’s 2-1 win.
When asked how it felt to beat Trinity, Lee said, “It felt great to push to the end and come out with a win.”
Last weekend, the Lady Crusaders played Texas Lutheran University. The first day was a struggle for both defense and offense, garnering only three hits from Kotlar, Pickert and Garcia. This deficit of hits led to losses of 13-0 and 5-0.
During the second day of competition against Texas Lutheran, the Lady Crusaders put up a better fight, with losses of 6-3 and 11-1. Lee took the mound in the first game. On offense, Stewart hit two for three, including a home run with Kotlar and Garcia on base. Garcia also hit two for three, including a double. Kotlar, Templin, and freshman Bailey DiStefano hit singles, but it was not enough to pull ahead.
In the second game, both Campise and Lee pitched. Templin and Compte both hit two for two. Compte hit a double and an amazing home run over the center-field fence. Stewart and freshman Avery Finch also hit singles. However, TLU had even stronger at-bats, leading to a loss for the Lady Crusaders.
The ladies continue on unfazed by their recent losses, confident in their strength and training to carry them through the season ahead.