Dallas softball’s final weekend of regular season play wrapped up this past weekend with two wins and two losses against the Schreiner University Mountaineers.
“They are a solid hitting team,” Lyda Tesauro, junior outfielder, said. “The more runs we had, the better chance we had of winning the game.”
Friday’s games proved to be lopsided, with each team earning a solid victory over their opponent. The Crusaders dropped the first game 0-4, then came back to win the second 7-2. The Mountaineers outhit Dallas in both of Saturday’s contests, but the two teams produced a more even scoreboard, with Dallas just barely losing game one 4-5, and winning game two 6-3, despite being outhit 6-15.
Tesauro credited aggressive gameplay as their main strength this weekend.
“We were aggressive on the bases and capitalized on Schreiner’s errors,” Tesauro said. “By forcing them to make plays with a wet ball, we put them outside of their comfort zone, which helped us score runs.”
The Lady Crusaders’ aggressive offense was perhaps embodied best in junior outfielder Avery Finch, who broke her personal record for steals in a single season. On Friday she stole three bases, bringing her season total up to 31 and her career total up to 78, which breaks the previous school record.
Saturday’s wins guaranteed UD third place in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) rankings and a berth in the conference tournament, where they will face Schreiner once more on April 22. But the Crusaders aren’t celebrating just yet.
“We didn’t always have timely hitting [this weekend],” Tesauro said. “There were a lot of situations where runners were on base and we didn’t hit them in.”
She also cited the mental component of the game in their split and laid out their goals for moving forward and learning from this experience.
“When things did not end up in our favor, we tended to get it in our heads, or we were indifferent toward it instead of believing in our abilities and making adjustments.”
In order to beat Schreiner again this weekend, the ladies will have to learn from the previous matchup’s mistakes.
“We have to have timely hitting, limit our errors, and continue to be aggressive on the bases,” Tesauro said. “It will have to be a complete team effort, and we need everyone’s best in order to stay in the winner’s bracket of the tournament.”