By Ashley Pickert
Over spring break, the Lady Crusader softball team played a grand total of ten games. The team came away with a stellar record of 8-2 for the week. After donning costumes to play along with the theme “Battle of the Alamo” — meaning that most players sported a fake mustache — the team first headed to San Antonio, Texas to face the Trinity University Tigers.
In the first game, the team came out ready to play. Once senior Ashley Pickert singled and batted in two of her teammates in the top of the first inning, the Trinity Tigers did not have a chance. RBIs from sophomore Avery Finch and freshman Eliah Davila followed up a homer by senior Taylor Garcia that left the final score at 7-2, contributing to an easy win for the University of Dallas.
Sophomore Katie Lee started on the mound once again in the second game and kept the earned runs down to one. Although seniors Garcia and Pickert came out ready to bat, eventually going 2-4 and 4-4 respectively, it was not enough to give Lee the win, and the Crusaders lost 5-2.
The Lady Crusaders began their games against the Tigers with high hopes for two more wins on Sunday. Unfortunately, due to the swamp that formed on the Tigers’ field the next day from a few drops of rain, the games were canceled after three innings.
The team’s spring break adventure continued in Myrtle Beach, S. C. After a couple of movies, lots of sleeping and some memorable karaoke performances from freshmen, 28 hours after departing from Dallas, the team arrived at its destination. The Crusaders played four games over the next two days against the State University of New York at Canton, La Roche College, Albertus Magnus College and Cazenovia College and came out with four wins. Notable moments included freshman Madison Goforth hitting 3-3 and getting three RBIs, as well as a walk-off double for Garcia that included three RBIs against SUNY Canton. Lee batted for the first time all season against La Roche and walked in the winning run. Sophomore Allison Kotlar doubled, hitting in the two winning runs against Cazenovia College. Lastly, sophomore Alex Compte realized that wearing her glasses while she bats helps her to hit the ball to the fence nearly every time.
After a slightly shorter 22-hour bus ride back to Dallas, the team was finally home and almost ready to face the Ladies of Centenary College of Louisiana. But first, they had to buy all of the cat litter at Petco in order to sop up what the rain, ice and snow had so generously left on their field. Miraculously, this task was accomplished quickly and effectively, and the Crusaders beat the Centenary Ladies three out of four games in the series, with Lee, the Southern Collegiate Athletic Pitcher of the Week, on the mound. Garcia ended the weekend by marking her 11th career home run, breaking the previous school record for most career home runs.